New Delhi: Tuesday would see the final hearing in the Supreme Court in all pleas challenging SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018, that ruled out anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs.
A bench of Justice U U Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra also refused to stay implementation of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018, passed by the Parliament.
Earlier, the apex court had said that the petitions against the amendment and review pleas against the March 20 judgment, should be heard together.
Justice Lalit was also a part of the March 20 verdict which had held that there will be no automatic arrest on a complaint filed under the Act. Then, the apex court had taken note of the rampant misuse of the SC/ST Act against government servants and private individuals and said there would be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law.
The top court had said that the new amendments to the SC/ST law passed by Parliament cannot be stayed and had sought the Centre’s response on pleas challenging the provisions.
The pleas sought that the new amendments to the Act be declared ultra vires. The amendments rule out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs, notwithstanding any court order.
They provide that no preliminary inquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval.