The central government is keen to overturn the Supreme Court order laying down fresh guidelines on arrest of those accused of committing atrocities against SC and ST communities.
Having exhausted the option of review petition, the government is now contemplating an ordinance to restore the original provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Sources informed that the central government may only be looking at an ordinance to restore the original provisions.
This is essential as the opposition parties have been upping the ante on this issue.
There is also the option of introducing a bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament to amend the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Dalit groups had organised protests across the country on April 2 against the alleged dilution of the Act through the March 20 verdict of the Supreme Court.
The protests had turned violent at several places which left several people dead. Opposition parties also accused the government of failing to protect Dalit rights.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recent as on Friday asserted his government will not let the law to prevent atrocities on SCs and STs to be diluted.>
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