New Delhi, Apr 2: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed on Monday that the government has filed a comprehensive review petition in the Supreme Court against its Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act judgement. He said the case will be presented by senior lawyers of the government.
The government moved the review petition under pressure from its alliance partners and the opposition. Some BJP MPs and ministers met the top BJP leadership recently and had demanded party’s intervention.
The Supreme Court last week barred automatic arrests under the SC/ST Act. The court also said that a preliminary enquiry must be carried out within seven days. The provision of anticipatory bail was also added to the Act.
Accusing the court of diluting the SC/ST Act, Dalit organisations called for a nation-wide bandh on Monday. Violence was reported from several parts of the country.
In Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, protestors blocked a railway track. One person died in the district during protests. Incidents of vandalism have been reported from Jaipur, Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has appealed to people not to disturb the law and order.
“The central and state governments are dedicated towards the welfare of backward castes, SC & ST. I appeal to all to not disturb the law & order. If at all there are any issues you can bring them to government’s notice,” he said.