Parlt okays Bill to restore SC/ST atrocity law

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 09:23:09


 

NEW DELHI,

PARLIAMENT on Thursday passed a bill to overturn a Supreme Court order concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe law, with the Rajya Sabha unanimously adopting the legislation.
The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote, had got the nod of the Lok Sabha on August 6. The bill rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs, notwithstanding any court order.


It provides that no preliminary inquiry will be required for Parlt okays Bill to restore SC/ST atrocity lawregistering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval. The legislation also provides that no preliminary enquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval.


Replying to the debate on the bill in the Upper House, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot said all those who spoke on the bill have supported it. The minister said members have expressed some apprehensions about the rights of the deprived classes. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured his Government’s commitment towards (the interests of) backward classes. I today say that we are committed towards safeguarding their interest.”


“Some members have suggested constitution of special courts for the Act. We have made a provision for this in the bill. As many as 14 States have constituted 195 special courts for deciding cases related to SC and SC Act. Some States have declared District and Session Courts as special court for the purpose,” he said.