After Bharat Bandh, SC To Hear Centre’s Review Petition On SC/ST Act


New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) will hear Centre’s urgent plea seeking a stay on its ruling that changed certain provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The hearing is scheduled for 2:00 pm. The Chief Justice of India has constituted a special bench to hear the petition. This bench, of Justice AK Goel and UU Lalit, is the same one that made the ruling on the SC/ST Act last month.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will hear the Centre’s plea for the recall of its judgement holding that arrest on a complaint under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was not mandatory.

The order comes as the Centre sought a temporary stay of the March 20 ruling. Directing the listing of the matter at 2 p.m., before a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the hearing will be in open court.

Justice Goel said that they would hear the review petition in the open court at 2 p.m. provided the Chief Justice constitutes the bench.

On March 20, the Supreme Court had ruled that the government servants should not be arrested without prior sanction under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act immediately after registration of an FIR.