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Law ministry readies ordinance on SC/ST Act

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The ministry is preparing a draft to overturn a verdict placing safeguards on of those accused of committing atrocities on SCs and STs, sources in the government today said.

The draft is being prepared in case the government decides to bring one to overturn the order.

The sources said no decision has been taken so far to bring the before the union cabinet and much would depend on the way the hearing on a review petition filed by the in the apex court progresses.

They said since review pleas may not bear immediate results and the decision could not be favourable, the government is keeping the draft handy.

The sources aware of deliberations within the government at different levels said promulgating an to restore the original provisions would help calm tempers.

Introducing a bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament slated for July to amend the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to overturn the SC order is the second option before the government, the sources said.

Dalit groups had organised protests across the country on April 2 against the alleged dilution of the Act through the March 20 verdict of the Supreme Court. The protests had turned violent at several places which left several people dead.

Opposition parties also accused the government of failing to protect Dalit rights.

on Friday asserted his government will not let the to prevent atrocities on SCs and STs to be diluted.

"I want to assure the nation that the which has been made stringent by us will not allowed to be affected (by the SC order)...," he had said.

The apex court had laid down new guidelines for police officers on how to ensure that innocent people, especially public officials, are protected from false complaints under the act.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:00 IST