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Supreme Court refuses to stay order on SC/ST act, seeks replies within two days

The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed the order on a law which Dailts said has diluted some of the provisions meant to protect them. The Supreme Court in its order has also asked all the sides to submit detailed replies within two days.

Following the agitation, the centre has filed a review petition on Monday against the March 20 order that banned the immediate arrests and registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

The top court, however, clarified that compensation to the victims should be given immediately at the stage of filing a complaint without registering an FIR.

The court in its judgment doesn’t bar the police to register complaints under the sections of Indian Penal Code. However, the top court said that the arrests should only be made after the initial investigation is over.

The court posted the matter for hearing after 10 days and said it will hear arguments on whether there can be appointing authority to approve arrests of those facing allegations under the law.

Violence erupted on Monday as protesters clashed with police, attacked buses and government property, and blockaded trains and roads across the country, including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar.

The maximum deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh, with the police saying three people were killed in Gwalior, two in Bhind and one in Morena.

The protests also claimed two lives in Uttar Pradesh – one in Muzaffarnagar and another in Meerut. One person was killed in Rajasthan’s Alwar as the police opened fire to disperse a mob

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