NEW DELHI: The Central government has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s recent verdict that laid down stringent safeguards before registering a case under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Friday on his official Twitter handle and urged people not to agitate on the issue.
This comes a day after Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a Cabinet briefing, “There is concern regarding the issue. We understand the sensitivity of the matter ... I have instructed the law ministry to consider the desirability of filing a review.
Appropriate follow-up actions are to be taken by the ministry.” Gehlot said the government was committed to the welfare of SCs and STs and had decided to file a review petition opposing the apex court’s verdict on the SC/ST Act. The minister also appealed to organisations and individuals opposing the verdict to withdraw their protests in the wake of the government’s decision to file a review petition.
Earlier this week, a delegation of NDA’s SC and ST MPs, led by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Gehlot, met PM Narendra Modi over the issue. On March 20, the SC passed an order banning automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of SCs and STs. Gehlot had sought Prasad’s opinion while noting that there were concerns that the order would make the law “ineffective” and adversely impact the dispensation of justice to Dalits and tribals.