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Supreme Court refuses to stay amendments to SC/ST Act

SC says pending review petition and pleas challenging amendments in SC/St Act will be taken up together

Press Trust of India 

Supreme Court

The Thursday refused to stay the proposed amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act which restored the no anticipatory bail provision for the accused.

A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said the pending filed by the Centre against the apex court's March 20, 2018 verdict and the pleas challenging the new amendments made in the SC/ST verdict will be taken up together.

The bench referred the matter to the Chief Justice for reconstitution of a bench which Justice U U Lalit was a part of.

Justice Lalit was part of a bench which had passed the March 20, 2018 verdict, taking note of the rampant misuse of the stringent against government servants and held that there shall be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law.

First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 12:44 IST