The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to list the Centre’s plea seeking a judicial review of the apex court’s recent order against the SC/ST Act in an open court. The top court also allowed Attorney General K K Venugopal to mention before Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra whether the plea should be heard by a larger bench.
On Monday, the government moved the Supreme Court against the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The court had previously laid down the stringent safeguards before registering a case under the act. In its plea, the government told the court that potential misuse was not a valid ground for reading down stringent provisions of the Act and diluting it would deprive SC, ST communities the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
Supreme Court declines to stay its verdict on SC/ST (PoA) act
Bharat Bandh: We will probe violence and submit report to Centre, says SC/ST National Commission charperson
“There has been violence and people have died. Those responsible are people who’ve been rejected by Dalits, whether it is Congress or BSP. We will do an inquiry and give report to the government. Action will be taken against culprits,” ANI quoted SC/ST National Commission chairman RS Katheria as saying.
Innocents should not be punished, observes Supreme Court
The Supreme Court, while hearing the submissions by Attorney-General K K Venugopal, observed, ‘we are not against the Act. Innocent should not be punished.