New Delhi, April 3 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to stay its ruling which activists say has diluted a law aimed at preventing atrocities on Dalits and tribes.
A bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, however, said compensation can be paid to victims under The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, even without a FIR being registered.
The bench said this on a plea by the Centre seeking recall of its March 20 order where the apex court had said that no arrest would be affected on a complaint under the Act without an inquiry.
The apex court agreed to hear the review petition after Attorney General KK Venugopal referred to large scale violence and loss of lives and property during yesterday's Bharat Bandh. The AG said it is an emergency situation as large scale violence has taken place and sought urgent hearing of the review petition today itself.