SUPREME COURT’S

SUPREME COURT’S ORDER IS AN AMENDMENT TO SC/ST ACT AS IT AFFECTED THE MORALE AND CONFIDENCE OF SC/ST COMMUNITY: ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Supreme Court Bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit have rejected Centre’s plea to stay the March 20 order by which the bench issued many directions to prevent the misuse of provisions of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 (SC/ST Act).

The bench stated that “All that the judgment says is that arrest may not be readily resorted to…in such legislations as TADA and POTA where the crime in question is of a graver magnitude, the Legislature has put embargo on regular as well as anticipatory bail. The idea is that the perpetrator may not be released easily, but the Act of 1989 places no restraint on regular bail. Under section 3 of the Act, the punishment may even be imprisonment for 6 months and that the accused may be released even on the first day”.