Caste panel member unhappy with apex court’s Mar 20 verdict

Sakal Times
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Vidwan is in city to address hearings related to SC issues

Pune: Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Swaraj Vidwan on Wednesday compared the decision taken by the Supreme Court of banning immediate arrest of a person accused of insulting or injuring a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe member, as ‘Tughlaq’s decision’. 

Vidwan is in city to address hearings related to SC issues

Pune: Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Swaraj Vidwan on Wednesday compared the decision taken by the Supreme Court of banning immediate arrest of a person accused of insulting or injuring a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe member, as ‘Tughlaq’s decision’. 

She is in the city to address hearings related to Scheduled Caste issues. Addressing a press meet, Vidwan said the commission has not welcomed the Supreme Court verdict. “We have filed a writ petition in the court to address the issue. It has been observed that those in power have not been following the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and so these people have suffered from ages. Once if it is assured that the act has been implemented thoroughly we can think of amendments. Till then I don’t think the act should be modified,” added Vidwan.

Vidwan said the court is focused on solving the issue of misuse of the act by SC/ST and one should not think the court wants to make modifications in the act. “We have strongly condemned the misuse of the act and people involved in misusing the act should be punished. But the need of the hour is to keep the act as it is. If one feels he is being wrongly prosecuted under the act, it is the lookout of the police to investigate the case. If the act is diluted it will lead to harmful effects on SC/ST 
population. The court should take a holistic view before coming to a conclusion but till then the act should not be touched,” added Vidwan.

Cases resolved by panel 
 Over 1,000 cases received by the Pune chapter of the commission in 2016 and 2017.
 5,500 cases (including pending cases) resolved by the commission in last nine months.

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