New Delhi: Even as four persons were killed today in violent protests against a Supreme Court ruling on atrocities against Dalits, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) declined to hear an urgent plea on the ruling to do with the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, reported Times Now.
The Centre today filed a plea in the top court seeking the restoration of the earlier status by which any offence under the SC/ST Act was made a cognizable non-bailable offence.
Last month, the Supreme Court barred automatic arrests on complaints filed under the SC/ST Act. It also said a preliminary inquiry must be conducted by police within seven days of an alleged incident before taking any action.
The Centre, Dalit activists as well as several opposition parties – including the Congress and the RJD – came out against the SC’s ruling, which they said dilutes the SC/ST Act and might lead to an increase in violence against Dalits.
The Centre’s petition was filed even as several organisations, with the support of some political parties, called a countrywide bandh today in protest against the SC order.