All options including ordinance route being explored to restore SC/ST Act: Paswan

Supreme Court's ruling on SC  ST Act caused great damage to country:Centre to SC

Supreme Court's ruling on SC ST Act caused great damage to country:Centre to SC

The Centre has also asked the court to immediately roll back its judgement on the SC/ST Act. The government said the judgement amounted to "judicial legislation" and needed to be reviewed as it had done "great damage" to the country.

"This case, dealing with the issue of very sensitive nature, has caused a lot of commotion in the country and is also creating anger, unease and a sense of disharmony", it said.

Taking the scope of the review petition beyond the given case and reminding the court of the separation of powers, the government has submitted that "in India, separation of powers being part of the basic structure of the Constitution, there was no room for the court declaring that it could legislate and make plenary law".

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The review petion was filed by the Centre on April 2 amid a countrywide unrest after several Dalit organisations called a Bharat Bandh in protest against what they alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act. However, in its hearing on April 3, the Supreme Court said it would not go by any agitation and declined an interim stay on its March 20 verdict.

It had refused to accept the submission of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, appearing for Centre, and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Maharashtra, to keep the verdict in abeyance till it decided the Centre's review petition.

Dalit groups have been protesting the apex court order, which has allowed provision for anticipatory bail and introduced safeguards for accused.

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It has been alleged that the "dilution" in the Act would spike violence against Dalits.

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. It held that a public servant can only be arrested after approval of the appointing authority.

"No, they can't work". This Act seeks to stop people from committing such oppression and providing victims with special rights and privileges. "They are being misled by some vested that does not concern us", the Bench had said in support of its order. "No relief can be given to the SC/ST community without protecting the fundamental rights of an innocent person", Justice Goel had said.

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