SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act case hearing latest updates: The Supreme Court refused to stay its 20 March order diluting the provisions in the SC/ST Act and listed the matter for hearing after 10 days.
While hearing the submissions by the Attorney General, the apex court observed, ‘we are not against the Act. Innocent should not be punished.’ BJP president Amit Shah, earlier, took to Twitter on Tuesday to reiterate Centre’s stand on the rights of Dalits. Modi government’s commitment to fulfilling Babasaheb Ambedkar’s vision is unwavering, he said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will hear the Centre’s plea for the recall of its judgment holding that arrest on a complaint under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was not mandatory.
The order comes as the Centre sought a temporary stay of the 20 March ruling.
Directing the listing of the matter at 2 pm, before a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the hearing will be in open court.
The chief justice’s order came after Attorney General KK Venugopal mentioned the matter seeking the constitution of a bench comprising Justices Goel and Lalit which had pronounced the 20 March judgment.
Venugopal first mentioned the matter earlier on Tuesday before a bench of Justice Goel and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman.
Justice Goel said that they would hear the review petition in the open court at 2 pm provided the chief justice constitutes the bench.
With inputs from IANS