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Three BJP states to seek review of SC/ST order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Following a nudge from the top party brass, three BJP-ruled states have decided to keep in implementation of the order on the SC/ST Act and will file review pleas against the directive, a top leader said today.

While Chhattisgarh, and had reportedly taken steps to implement the order, they have now decided to put its execution in and approach the apex court for a review.

"We have spoken to these chief ministers and their governments will soon file a review petition in the court. It is natural that the implementation of the order will be put in till the judiciary takes a final call," the said on the condition of anonymity.

The court recently laid down guidelines to prevent the alleged misuse of the Scheduled Castes and the Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Dalit groups have, however, vehemently protested against the verdict, saying it dilutes the and will lead to a rise in cases of atrocities against the scheduled castes and tribes.

The Centre has already filed a plea seeking review of the directive in the wake of largescale protests by Dalit organisations.

In its order on March 20, the apex court had said the law's misuse had led innocent citizens being framed as accused and public servants deterred from performing their duties, which was never the intention when the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was originally enacted.

Opposition parties have used the issue to attack the ruling BJP, which has been assiduously wooing wooed Dalits under and its

As per reports, Chhattisgarh, and governments recently issued formal orders, instructing their police chiefs to implement the March 20 order.

After the judgement, various Dalit MPs from the BJP-led ruling NDA alliance, including and Ramdas Athawale, had met Modi to expresses their concerns and demanded that the Centre should challenge the order.

Modi has also asserted that his government will not allow any dilution of the to prevent atrocities against SCs and STs.

Representing the government's view, Union Minister had said the government "differs" with the reasoning given by the Supreme Court judgement for "virtually redoing the entire architecture" of 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. 16:35 IST
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