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Centre seeks stay on Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act

Attorney General K K Venugopal said the apex court cannot make rules or guidelines which go against the law passed by the legislature.

Venugopal also pointed out that the SC/ST verdict had resulted in loss of lives and the case be referred to a larger bench. The Supreme court on the other hand said that it was “100 per cent” in favour of protecting the rights of these communities and punishing those guilty of atrocities against them.

The Centre had moved the apex court on April 2 seeking review of its judgement, by which safeguards were put on the provisions for immediate arrest under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Several states were rocked by widespread violence and clashes following a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by several SC/ST organisations protesting the top court’s March 20 order, that claimed eight lives.

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