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Rajasthan CM orders withdrawal of circular on SC/ST Act

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Minister today ordered immediate withdrawal of a police circular for the implementation of a order on the (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, saying it was issued without her knowledge.

The March 23 circular issued by of Police (Civil Rights) M L Lathar directed district police chiefs and police commissioners to implement the verdict putting restrictions on the arrest of people under the Act.

I came to know that without my knowledge, some of the officers issued the circular which created confusion in the state. I have given directions to and police headquarters to immediately issue a letter of clarification, Raje said in a statement tonight.

She said that the was committed to protecting the rights of people belonging to SC/ST communities.

The verdict of March 20 drew widespread protest. Some Dalit groups called a Bharat Bandh on April 2 during which at least 12 people were killed in the violence.

The central government had on April 2 filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against its verdict that laid down stringent "safeguards" before registering a case under the Act.

The minister said that the supported the review petition by the central government in the Supreme Court. The state's general in has been directed for making the state a party in the review petition.

The unit of the slammed the state government for issuing the circular. said that the real face of the BJP had been exposed.

He said that while the Centre filed review petition in the Supreme Court to revoke the changes in the Act, BJP-ruled state governments were implementing the Supreme Court's March 20 verdict. "The Centre agrees with the apex court order and has filed the review petition just to mislead people," he said in a statement.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 22:35 IST