Opposition Leaders Seek President Kovind's Intervention against Court Order On SC/ST Act

| March 28 , 2018 , 19:17 IST

A delegation of opposition MP's on Wednesday called upon President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention on the Supreme Court ruling on the provision of arrest in the SC/ST Act. Led by the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad the delegation comprised of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Satish Chandra Mishra of BSP, Kanimozhi of DMK, Kupendra Reddy of JD (S), Vishambhar Prasad Nishad of Samajwadi Party, Anand Sharma, P.L Punia, Kumari Shailja and others.

The leaders apprised President Kovind of the rising atrocities on Dalits in the nation and the recent SC judgement. They also submitted a signed letter to the President.

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“The judgement comes at a time when Dalits in the entire country are facing a distressful situation and many families stand devastated because of the atrocities committed against Dalits in every nook and corner of the country, almost everyday.” The letter reads.

Ahead of the meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The Supreme Court ruling diluting provisions of arrest in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act comes in the backdrop of growing atrocities against Dalits & Adivasis across India. Leaders from opposition parties will meet President Kovind this evening to share their concerns.”

The letter further adds, “We therefore, through this petition beseech your immediate intervention in this regard and take steps to help the Dalits of our country, to tide over the existing crisis. We shall be greatly beholden if you may kindly give us an audience and submit the present petition to you at your earliest possible available schedule.”

Addressing the journalists outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan after meeting President Kovind, Rahul Gandhi said, “We went to meet the President on the dilution of SC ST atrocities act, we gave a representation. Atrocities are increasing and the act is being weakened. The President was quite supportive.”