SC/ST Act row: Supreme Court rejects stay, detailed hearing in 10 days

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

The government tried a bit to control the agitated activists by saying that a petition had already been filed in the apex court calling for a review over its March 20 order that disallows automatic arrest and registration of any case for alleged harassment of Dalits and others. Sharan is the amicus curiae - adviser to the court - in the case.

The court also held that a government official can not be prosecuted on a mere allegation of committing an offence under the Act without the sanction of the appointing authority. The apex court had struck down the provision of immediate arrest, apart from allowing the accused to seek anticipatory bail.

He was replying to a submission by A.P. Anilkumar, who urged the State government to take a strong stand against the SC judgement.

Public prosecutor Bhupendra Sahay Saxena said the court sentenced Mahavir Jat and Premshankar Jat, both residents of Hindoli town to life imprisonment for murdering Rajendra Singh, the then head of BJP youth wing of the area.

The Congress leader said Chief Minister K Chandrashekahar Rao, instead of admitting deficit budget, had borrowed money from banks for Mission Bhagiratha and irrigation projects by projecting wrong statistics. He wanted the Assembly to pass an unanimous resolution against the order.

The nationwide bandh was called by Dalit outfits on Monday against the Supreme Court's ruling that allegedly diluted the act. The police registered a case against him on Tuesday.

Normal life in these regions were hit with agitators disrupting rail and road traffic and even blocking parts of national and state highways.

In Punjab, the final practical examinations of Class 10 and 12 of the Punjab School Education Board, which were scheduled to be held on Monday, were postponed to April 11. Social media was quick to dub this as the violence of the Dalits against the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST Act.

Protests in Jodhpur; PTI Photo.

He also referred to the conditions of SC/STs and the atrocities they have had to suffer over many centuries.

"Whatever Your Lordships have said about this law applies equally to any provision of criminal law".

In case the complaint is filed under the law against a government employee, he/she could be booked only after approval from the appointing authority, the bench of Justices Goel and Lalit had said. "If this trend continues, we will be forced to revive the demand of separate land for the members of dalit communities within the country", Ram said. The state government has also asked the army and paramilitary forces to remain on standby, should matters get worse.

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.

Earlier, the review petition seeking an open court hearing was mentioned by the Attorney General before the Bench of Justices A.K.Goel and R.F.Nariman, who agreed to hear the review petition in open court.

Police said at least two people were killed in Bhind and another one in Morena while three were killed in Gwalior. The first was that the directions could cause delay in compensation to the victims of atrocities, due to the additional time required for the preliminary inquiry.

"Those protesting on the streets may have not even read our judgment. It is not a law of arrest that the moment an FIR is lodged, the accused is arrested" and the "procedure established by law should be fair, just and reasonable".

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