Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founder Ram Vilas Paswan held a meeting with over 50 MPs across party lines belonging to the SC and ST communities at his residence, amid the Opposition's demands for reservations in promotion for the SCs, STs and the OBCs in government jobs.
As per reports, apart from the MPs, six Union Ministers, including Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot were also present in the meeting. Further reports stated that the MPs will be forming a future strategy after the Supreme Court's decision.
आज दिल्ली में केंद्रीय मंत्री श्री @irvpaswan जी के निवास पर अनुसूचित जाति एवं अनुसूचित जनजाति के सभी लोकसभा एवं राज्यसभा के सांसदों के साथ महत्वपूर्ण मुद्दों पर बैठक संपन्न हुई एवं कई महत्वपूर्ण सुझाव सांसदों द्वारा दिए गए। pic.twitter.com/7tO6wwqRkH— Anil Firojiya (@bjpanilfirojiya) February 10, 2020
Earlier on Monday, a bench comprising of Justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran and Ravindra Bhat upheld the constitutional validity of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 2018. Dismissing the pleas that challenged the act as ultra vires, the Supreme Court stated that provisions related to anticipatory bail to be exercised sparingly and in exceptional cases with no prima facie. The Parliament had passed the bill overturning apex court's March 20, 2018 judgement that diluted the law.
The Parliament had passed the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities), Amendment Bill, on August 9, 2018. The bill inserted a new section 18A and ruled out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs, notwithstanding any court order.
It provided that no preliminary inquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval. The legislation also provided that no preliminary enquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval.
(With Agency Inputs)