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Supreme Court's ruling on SC  ST Act caused great damage to country:Centre to SC

Paswan, who has often aired this view within the government, expressed hope that the apex court would allow the government's review plea against its order which, many argue, dilutes the legislation's stringent provisions.

The Centre urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recall its March 20 judgment that "diluted" the SC and ST Act and resulted in "great damage to the country through commotion, anger, unease and a sense of disharmony".

This gave rise to a controversy on March 20, 2018 three issues came in front of Supreme Court where there were instances of exploiting of the SC/ST Act against government servants.

Leaders of various Dalit organisations today demanded that the Centre immediately bring an ordinance to restore the status quo of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Reports said that the government contended that the entire judgment was "vitiated" as the decision was taken on the basis that it can legislate, and has power "to make law when none exists".

Attorney General KK Venugopal, on behalf of the Centre, said the "confusion" created by the apex court judgment deserves to be corrected by reviewing the order.

The bench had also clarified that there was no dilution of any provision of the SC/ST Act or Rules and a compensation can be paid to the alleged victims of atrocities even prior to the registration of FIR under the law. In Odisha, 3,000 to 3,500 atrocities are committed, out of which only 60 per cent cases are being heard and disposed of, said Odisha Dalit Adhikar Manch ODAM president Manas Jena quoting National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statics, at a State-level convention on the present scenario of dalit rights here on Wednesday.

The bench had asked the AG whether he can function if any unverified allegation is levelled against him under the Act or could any public servant work if such averments were made against him or her. The ordinance route would be taken in case the Supreme Court refuses to review its judgment, he also said. "No relief can be given to the SC/ST community without protecting the fundamental rights of an innocent person", Justice Goel had said. We are determined to maintain the status of the law as it was enacted. A law placed under the Schedule is not open to judicial scrutiny.

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