Govt To File Review Petition In Supreme Court Over Ruling On SC/ST Act

| March 30 , 2018 , 14:53 IST

Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot on Friday confirmed that the government has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court over its recent ruling on the SC/ST Act.

BJP leader and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, one of the 3 NDA ministers calling for a review petition on the apex court's directive on the SC/ST Act, confirmed the government's intentions in a tweet.

The Supreme Court on March 20 had issued a directive on the otherwise stringent Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, announcing that no automatic arrest should be made in such cases.

A two-judge Supreme Court bench of Justices UU Lalit and AK Goel cited misuse of the SC/ST Act while issuing its directive, laying down safeguards such as provisions for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary inquiry” before registering a case under the Act.

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The apex court's directive was slammed by the Opposition, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi calling the SC/ST Act the most important instrument to prevent atrocities on Dalits/Adivasis.

Gandhi on March 21 tweeted, "The SC/ST Act is the most important instrument to prevent atrocities on Dalits/Adivasis. A complicit Modi Govt failed to defend it in the Supreme Court. The PM must not abdicate his duty in favour of the anti-Dalit mindset of the BJP/RSS."

Apart from Gehlot of the BJP, Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale who is the chief of NDA ally Republican Party of India (A) and Union Cabinet Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the chief of Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP), expressed that the Centre should file a review petition on the SC/ST Act directive.