New Delhi: Bhumihar Brahman Ekta Manch on Thursday protested against the SC/ST Act in Bihar and violence has been reported from many parts of the state. The reports have it that people in Gaya, Barh, Nalanda and Begusarai took to roads to protest against the Act. Stone pelting has also been reported from many areas. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Supreme Court Issues Notice to Centre on Plea Seeking Payment of Wages to Migrant Workers
Bihar MLAs belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes had in March protested against the Supreme Court order diluting provisions of the SC/ST Act, forcing adjournment of the House till lunch break. Legislators of RJD, JD(U) and RLSP, a constituent of the NDA, belonging to the SC/ST communities united to protest in the House. Also Read - Stick to Official Sources, Avoid Misinformation: Supreme Court Tells Media Outlets
The Supreme Court on Wednesday was told that the reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes may be acceptable at the initial stage of appointment but not for promotion as the reservation is for a class of people and not for the individuals in a cadre. Also Read - Man Beaten to Death in Bihar's Sitamarhi For Informing Police About COVID-19 Suspects
Opposing the plea by the Centre seeking reference to a larger bench the question of reservation in promotion, senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan told the five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the presumption of backwardness of the SC/ST is not available in promotion as after entry in government service they are no more a class but individual within a cadre.