The Supreme Court on Monday (February 10) upheld the SCs/STs Amendment Act 2018 that ruled out the provision for any anticipatory bail for a person being accused of atrocities against SC/STs. The Act nullified the effects of the March 20, 2018 judgment of the top court that had diluted the provisions of the Act.
A Bench of Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Vineet Saran and Justice Ravindra Bhat pronounced the verdict on challenging the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (SCs/ STs) (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018.
Also, in October 2019, the Bench had given a hint that it will uphold the amendments made by the Centre in the act to restore immediate arrest and ban anticipatory bail, observing “We are not diluting any provisions… these provisions will not be struck down. Law should be as it was… They will be left as it was prior to the judgement on review petition and amendments in the Act.”
The top court had also said that it will also clarify that police could hold a preliminary probe before taking any action on a complaint under SC/ST Act.