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SC/ST Amendment Act, 2018

  • Category
    Miscellaneous
  • Published
    28th Feb, 2020
  • The Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2018.

Context

  • The Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2018.
  • A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, upheld the amended Act, which said neither is a preliminary inquiry required before lodging an FIR under the Act nor is approval needed from higher authorities for arrests.
  • The amendment also restores the unconditional ban on the grant of anticipatory bail put in place by the March 2018 judgement of the apex court. 
  • The Parliament had amended the Act to nullify a March 2018 apex court judgement that had diluted the provisions of the Act.
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