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Centre to file review petition in Apex Court to review verdict on SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act

The central government on Thursday announced that a review petition will soon be filed in the Supreme Court on the court’s recent verdict on the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

“Our government has taken note of judgment of Supreme Court about laying doing new norms as per
SC/ST operation is concerned. I have already instructed my Ministry of Law over the desirability of filling a review and appropriate follow-up action,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

The government’s decision comes a day after a NDA delegation of Members of Parliament including Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The delegation also comprising Union Minister for Social Justice Thawarchand Gehlot on Thursday
discussed with Prime Minister on the recent Supreme Court ruling reportedly ‘diluting’ the provisions of the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

“Prime Minister gave us a patient hearing and heard issues raised by us and our concerns,” said Paswan, who is the chief of Bihar-based LJP.

The Supreme Court on March 20 said that the arrest of an accused under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989, is not mandatory and recourse to coercive action can be necessary only after preliminary inquiry and sanction by the competent authority.

The apex court reportedly took cognizance of the rampant misuse of the stringent Act against government servants.

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