Supreme Court judgement on SC/ST Act

Reactions from various forums have been received in regard to effects of the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the deterrence of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities){PoA} Act, 1989.

Since the Judgment dated 20.03.2018 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Criminal Appeal No. 416 of 2018(Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan Vs the State of Maharashtra and Another) has bearing on the effectiveness of the PoA Act, the Union of India had filed a Review Petition (Crl.) on 02.04.2018 in the Hon’ble Court, praying for reviewing the judgment and recalling the directions and the matter is sub-judice in the court.

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, has been passed in the Lok Sabha on 06.08.2018, to amend the provisions of the Act in order to restore its effectiveness.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Ramdas Athawale in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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