Govt questions SC order on SC ST Act

NEW DELHI: Unhappy with the Supreme Court order diluting the provisions of the SC/ST Act, the Government today said it “differs” with the verdict and questioned why the Union of India was not made a “formal” party in the case.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Government “differs” with the reasoning given by the Supreme Court judgement “virtually redoing the entire architecture of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act”.
He said it is important to note that the Government was not firmly made a party in this case and only allowed to make certain oral submissions.
“We feel that a sensitive case of this nature required a more in depth consideration with requisite consideration of objective data to come to a conclusion as to whether the law is being abused or there is a need to give protection to the continued, unfortunate instances of injustice against Dalits,” he said. (Agencies)