Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

SC to hear Centre's plea for review on SC/ST Act

SC to hear Centre's plea for review on SC/ST Act

But Justice Goel said: "In a case where there is no scope for verification (of the genuineness of a complaint) there is no anticipatory bail, where there is no forum".

The verdict is being seen by Dalit organisations and some political parties as "dilution" of the special law which came into force in 1989. The educational institutions also remain closed. Banks and offices are shut and transport is off the roads.

The Supreme Court's ruling has led to many violent clashes in various states. Eleven people died in the violence. Deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan as protestors took to the streets against what they believe is a "dilution" of the Act that is created to protect lower caste communities.

In many parts of the country, thousands of low-caste Dalit protesters took to the streets, blocked traffics including railways after calling for a nationwide protest. Protestors damaged cars and public property. Over 763 people have been detained in Ranchi district and 850 in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Due to the riots over 100 passenger and mail train services were disrupted.

The delegation included leaders from the Congress, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, the DMK and the Nationalist Congress Party.

On March 20, the apex court observed that a law that was primarily enacted to protect the disenfranchised has become a tool to "blackmail" innocent people and public servants. Also, the action against accused private citizens would be taken only if the concerned Senior Superintendent of police allows.

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In a setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to put on hold its March 20 verdict related to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, asserting that its verdict aims to protect innocents and not dilute the law for checking crimes against dalits.

The reported "dilution" of the law was done to curb "abuse of law".

The apex court said, "We are not against (the SC/ST) Act but the innocent should not be punished". The legislature never meant to use the Atrocities Act as an instrument to blackmail or to wreck personal vengeance.

Congress President, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the party "salutes" those protesting for their rights.

Here on Tuesday AG Venugopal sought an urgent hearing of the plea and requested that it should be heard in an open court. In light of the protests against this decision of the Court, the government has filed a review petition.

Also yesterday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government had no plans to do away with quota policy for Dalits and tribes.

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