SC/ST Act: Setback For Govt as Supreme Court Refuses to Stay Verdict

SC/ST Act hearing LIVE UPDATES: Supreme Court says it's not against Act, observes that innocent shouldn't be

The new mechanism introduced by the court, he added, even held up payment of compensation to SC/ST victims that is required to be immediately released upon filing of FIR. "We don't want to deprive anyone from right to life and we make ourselves very clear that we are not against the Act or the complainants". It was the same bench that had passed the 20 March judgment. Singh said after the Supreme Court order on 20 March, within a span of only six working days, without losing any time and acting swiftly, the government has filed a review petition in the apex court. The Supreme Court ruled that public servants can not be prosecuted without the approval of the appointing authority and citizens too should be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.

"Liberty can't be taken away without a preliminary inquiry". Ram's comment comes in the wake of Supreme Court's recent order which allegedly dilutes the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. "We have only reiterated the settled law of arrest, the settled law under CrPC" justice AK Goel said. The judgment only prevents the innocent from being arrested.

The apex court, while hearing the petition submitted by Attorney General K.K Venugopal, said it was not against the act, and also stated that now the matter will be heard after 10 days.

Mahajan then moved the court seeking quashing of an FIR against him, Gaikwad said. Even the Bench told the A-G that abuse may not be by SC/ST members but may be by police or some vested interests. We are not against the Act at all. But innocents can't be punished on unilateral version. Normal life was paralyzed in all these states in different ways after reports of violence and arson spread. "Our judgment implements what is said in the Constitution".

Several Dalit outfits called for a nationwide bandh on Monday, April 2 and protests were staged in many parts of the country, mostly in northern India including Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Around 100 people, including police personnel, were injured in the widespread violence that rocked the state on Monday. The government's review petition to the Supreme Court came too late to stop the bandh.

In 2016, which saw a 5.5 per cent increase in crimes against SCs, and 4.7 per cent rise in crimes against STs, in all 47,338 cases were registered under the SC/SC Act.

"There has been a new provision where action against government servants shall be taken against those found negligent in implementing the Act", said the minister.



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