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Supreme Court to hear Centre’s review petition to stay ruling on SC/ST Act at 1:30 pm today | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) today agreed to hear the Centre’s urgent plea seeking a stay on its ruling that changed certain provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm. The Chief Justice of India has constituted a special bench to hear the petition.

The Centre yesterday filed a review petition in the SC against its ruling of last month that there would be no automatic arrest on any complaint filed under the SC/ST Act. Its petition came even as a Bharat Bandh called yesterday to protest the SC ruling turned violent in parts of India, resulting in the deaths of nine people.

Dalit groups, the Centre and several opposition parties believe the SC ruling dilutes the SC/ST Act. The SC last month ruled that instead of an immediate arrest a preliminary inquiry must be conducted by police within seven days of an alleged incident before taking any action.

Speaking for the Centre, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the SC today that there is an emergency situation in the country as thousands of people have come out on the streets tp protest the changed provisions of the Act. Therefore, he said, it is necessary to stay the verdict to maintain law and order.

However, senior advocate Amrendra Sharan, who assisted the SC as Amicus Curiae, told the court that an SC order cannot be stayed because of law and order problems and it is for the government to take steps to control th situation.

According to government sources, the decision to petition against the top court’s ruling was taken after a discussion among the ministries of law and social justice. The social justice ministry filed the review petition.

Updated: April 3, 2018 — 4:44 am

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