SC/ST Act: SC to hear open-court hearing of Centre's review petition at 2pm

FB_IMG_1522736637554 The day after Bharat Bandh protest which turned extremely violent, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Centre’s plea in an open-court over its earlier judgment that has changed some provisions of the SC/ST Act on April 3 at 2 PM.

On April 2, the Narendra Modi led government has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against its ruling of previous month that changed certain provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe act. The verdict is not at all accepted by Dalits and the Opposition who claim that the dilution of the Act will lead to more discrimination and crimes against the backward community.

The Bharat bandh call turned extremely violent in several parts of India, particularly Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh resulting in the deaths of nine people and injured hundreds of others. Thousands of activists protested on streets and blocked trains, set ablaze private and public properties, torching of police posts and clashed with the police personnel.

Following the clashes and abrupt violence, police detained thousands of protestors across over 10 states and 448 were people were arrested in UP only. Several towns in western UP saw violence and in Meerut, a former BSP MLA Yogesh Verma, was among those arrested, police said.

Even schools in UP’s Hapur and Ghaziabad will remain shut on April 3.FB_IMG_1522736775067

The other states which are also hit by violence include Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra and Delhi.

In the wake of violent clashes and six deaths in Madhya Pradesh during Bharat Bandh, additional companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal, Rapid Action Force, Special Task Force, and 3000 other trainee constables are being deployed.