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Dilutions In SC/ST Act: Centre To File Review Petition In Supreme Court – Sources

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New Delhi: The Union Law Ministry has approved the filing of review petition in Supreme Court in the matter pertaining to the dilution of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. The decision comes a day after a delegation of opposition leaders led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to intervene in the case. Earlier on Wednesday, the SC MPs of NDA- LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Union Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested the centre to file a review petition. Sources have told Times Now that the Law Ministry has approved the petition sent by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

“Atrocities are increasing and the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act has been weakened. The President was quite positive and supportive. He said that action would be taken. He has said that he will assess the (act) and take a review petition,” Rahul Gandhi said after meeting the President.

“We see that with SC ruling, the provisions under the Prevention of Atrocities Act have got diluted and there is an increase in the number of cases against Dalits. Therefore there has to be a review petition to review the act and it has to be filed by the government,” NCP leader Vandana Chavan had said after the meeting.

The Supreme Court had on March 20 diluted the stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under the SC/ST Atrocities Act. An apex court bench consisting of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit had noted the Deputy Superintendent of police would do a preliminary investigation to avoid the false implication of an innocent. Union Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot had also written to the Union Law Minister seeking review of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

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