Ordinance likely if Supreme Court rejects Centre's SC/ST case review plea

Devendra Fadnavis

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The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the apex court's order of "diluting" the SC/ST act has caused great damage to the country and that the Supreme Court is mistaken if it thinks that it has the "power to make legislations".

Given that the success rate of review petitions in the Supreme Court is low, one of the options before the government is to bring an amendment that notifies these provisions within the relevant schedule of the Constitution. The A-G accordingly filed a detailed response.

It said the top court's March 20 verdict, which had dealt with an issue of a "very sensitive nature", has caused "commotion", and "anger, unease and a sense of disharmony" in the country.

"We also enhanced the compensation to be aid to the victims", he said.Modi said when the Government amended the law, it allowed the provision of denial of interim bail to remain to ensure that it remains effective.He said special courts are being set up to fast track disposal of cases against the SCs and the STs.

"We have not diluted any provision of SC/ST Act and only safeguarded interest of innocents from being arrested".

It had said the only offences mentioned in the SC/ST Act were the subject matter of the judgement and other cognisable offences under IPC would not require inquiry before registration of FIR. In Odisha, 3,000 to 3,500 atrocities are committed, out of which only 60 per cent cases are being heard and disposed of, said Odisha Dalit Adhikar Manch ODAM president Manas Jena quoting National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statics, at a State-level convention on the present scenario of dalit rights here on Wednesday. The court said an accused public servant can only be arrested with the permission of the appointing authority and, if it concerns a person who is not a public servant, permission has to be obtained from the district SSP. "No relief can be given to the SC/ST community without protecting the fundamental rights of an innocent person", Justice Goel had said.

"The government is determined to maintaining the law as it was enacted".

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