NEW DELHI, Oct 21 - The Centre today got a week�s time from Supreme Court to inform it about the proposal to set up a nodal agency to coordinate on the issue of hate crimes and racial violence, especially against the people of North East living in other States.
When the matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh said �I will take instructions from Ministry of Home and inform about the issue of nodal agency.�
The bench, also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, accepted the plea of the officer and posted the matter for hearing on Oct 28.
The court on October 18 had expressed displeasure over the steps taken to address the issues of NE people, many of whom have fallen victims to hate crimes and racial violence in the past.
The apex court had stressed that there should be a nodal agency to address the issues of the Northeastern people and such an agency, at the time of need, could be asked to implement measures and coordinate with various departments.
The bench had said the Bezbaruah Committee, set up by the Union Home Ministry on February 5, 2014 after several incidents of hate crimes, had suggested several immediate and short term measures along with long term measures and all this should not remain only on paper.
The bench, which has been hearing a batch of PILs filed in 2014 following several incidents of hate crimes in Delhi against persons hailing from NE, had also said that India had signed International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination way back in 1965.
The Bezbaruah panel was set up to suggest �suitable remedial measures� in the wake of attacks on the people from NE in Delhi and other parts of the country. � PTI