New Delhi, Apr 3: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed for an open court hearing on Centre’s review petition over the dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Seeking an urgent hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the apex court that an emergency-like situation is prevailing in the country following the court’s verdict.
The government moved a review petition on Monday seeking recall of the Supreme Court’s judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Massive protests were held across the country by Dalit organisations over the dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. At least 10 people died when protests turned violent in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other North Eastern states. The top court on Monday denied an urgent hearing of the matter.
Amid countrywide protests, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government will argue the matter with full authority in the apex court for the verdict’s reconsideration. The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the Act before acting on it.