He cited media reports to suggest a breakdown of law and order. The reports show the failure of the administration and the police during the lockdown. This is because the police did not use any power available to them to stop the lynching. Moreover, such a huge crowd had assembled despite the COVID-19 lockdown in place. The standing counsel for Maharashtra apprised that the Central Investigation Department (CID) is investigating the case. This department comes directly under the Additional Director General (ADG) of Maharashtra itself.
However, the Court refused to stay the ongoing investigation by the Maharashtra Government. It sought a status report from the state government regarding its probe into the Palghar lynching. Further, the Court asked the petitioner to serve a copy of the petition to the State of Maharashtra. The Apex Court has listed the matter for further hearing after 4 weeks. Interestingly, the Bombay High Court is also hearing a similar petition. This petition also seeks a CBI/SIT investigation. The High Court issued notices in the case.