Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted his government will not let the law to prevent atrocities on SCs and STs to be diluted.
Sources state that, Government feels that, there is a need to overturn the Supreme Court order laying down fresh guidelines on arrest of those accused of committing atrocities against SC and ST communities and bringing an ordinance to restore the original provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is one of the options being considered.
Sources aware of the deliberations within Government at different levels stating that promulgating an ordinance to restore the original provisions would help calm tempers.
Sources state that, Introducing a bill in monsoon session of Parliament slated for July to amend the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to overturn SC Order is the second option before Government.
Senior Functionary stated that,”If an ordinance is issued, it too will have to be converted into a bill and passed by Parliament. The result of the two exercises is the same — to restore the original provisions. But the ordinance has the benefit of giving instant results. It will help calm tempers immediately”.
PM Modi stated that,”I want to assure the nation that the law which has been made stringent by us will not allowed to be affected (by the SC order)…”.
Supreme Court had laid down new guidelines for police officers on how to ensure that innocent people, especially public officials, are protected from false complaints under the act.
Centre in its written before SC had stated that, “Verdict on the SC/ST Act has “diluted” its stringent provisions, resulting in “great damage” to the country by causing anger and a sense of disharmony among the people.
Observing that the court had dealt with an issue of a “very sensitive nature”, the submission said the verdict has caused “commotion, anger, unease and a sense of disharmony” in the country.
It dubbed the entire judgement as “vitiated” as it proceeded on the basis that the top court can legislate a law despite having no such power.