Supreme Court issues directives to check misuse of SC/ST Act

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Mar 20: In a bid to prevent the misuse of provisions of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 (SC/ST Act), the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that there is no absolute bar for giving anticipatory bail in a matter under the Act.

The Top Court further stated that a public servant can be held after approval by some senior staffer, ANI reported.

A bench comprising of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit also noted that to avoid the false implication of an innocent, preliminary probe will be conducted by the DSP to chalk out whether the allegations make out a case under the Atrocities Act and that the allegations are not frivolous.

Later, the apex observed that the Government official cannot be prosecuted on a mere allegation of carrying out an offence under the Act without the sanction of appointing authority.


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