New Delhi, June 16: Advocating “reservation in Supreme Court and High Courts”, BJP MP Udit Raj on Friday maintained that the atrocities on Dalits have increased after the apex court’s ruling on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Udit Raj said that the attacks on Dalits are rising after the SC/ST Act ruling since “there is no fear in the mind”. Raj also demanded the release of Dalit leader Chandrashekar and an increase in the scholarship provided to SC/ST students.

“Certainly, the number of incidents (have) increased. So many cases (of atrocities on people from SC and ST communities) are taking place every day because there is no fear in mind.” He said, “Atrocities have increased more because of (the) judiciary…presently anger prevailing among Dalits is more against the judiciary. Hence, there should be reservation in Supreme Court and High Courts, too,” he was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

On March 20, the Supreme Court, in a bid to check misuse of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, ruled that preliminary enquiry in a case under the Act would be done by the DSP to ensure the allegations are not frivolous, and to avoid the false implication of an innocent. The apex court also held that a government official cannot be prosecuted on a mere allegation of committing an offence under the Act without the sanction of the appointing authority.

Following the order, the Dalit outfits observed a countrywide shutdown – Bharat Bandh – on April 2. Even as the government filed a review petition, members of the Dalit community were on the street to observe Bharat Bandh in protest. Ahead of the protest, the protesters turned violent in Agra, Bamar, Saharanpur and Meerut where public and private properties were damaged. The Bharat Bandh also prompted the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to postpone the exams of class 10 and 12 students scheduled for April 2.