Lok Sabha passes Bill to restore original provisions of SC/ST Act

Lok Sabha cleared a bill to overturn a SC order which allegedly ‘diluted’ provisions of SC/ST Act.

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SCs/STs, notwithstanding any court order. It also provides that no preliminary enquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval.

Social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said the amendment will strengthen legislative provisions to protect SCs/STs.

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