NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused to stay the new amendments to the SC/ST Act passed by Parliament but sought the Centre’s response on a batch of pleas challenging the fresh provisions.
The pleas have sought declaration of the new amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as ultra vires. The new amendments had overturned the March 20 order on rampant misuse of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
It held that there shall be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law. A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan issued notice to the Centre and sought its response in six weeks.