New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has decided to bring a constitution amendment bill in Parliament to restore the original provisions of the SC/ST Act, under pressure from alliance partners – including Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and Ramdas Athawale’s RPI.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The amendment, if passed by Parliament, will in effect nullify the Supreme Court judgment pronounced on March 20. The judgment had diluted the SC/ST Act to state that immediate arrest of an accused under this law would no longer be mandatory. The arrest was to follow a preliminary enquiry by the probing agency or the police.
Soon after the judgment was pronounced, various Dalit groups launched a nationwide agitation.
Quota in govt jobs to be examined
New Delhi: A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will examine whether its twelve-year-old verdict that had dealt with the issue of ‘creamy layer’ for reservations to SC and ST categories in government job promotions needs to be re-visited by a seven-judge bench. The five-judge bench will hear the issue on August 3.