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Open-court SC hearing of SC/ST Act review petition at 2 pm

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New Delhi: A day after the Bharat Bandh protest, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed for an open-court hearing of the Centre’s review petition over its earlier judgment on the SC/ST Act.

The Narendra Modi-led government moved the Supreme Court seeking a recall of its judgment on the SC/ST Act. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has constituted a Bench of judges A K Goel and U U Lalit to hear the matter at 2 pm on Tuesday.

Called by Dalit groups, Bharat Bandh saw people across the country protesting the apparent dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) Prevention of Atrocities Act by the Supreme Court recently.

The protests left at least 10 dead and hundreds injured as incidents of violence were reported across several states on Monday. Protesters were reported to have blocked trains, clashed with the police, and set fire to private and public properties, including police posts. Reports say schools will remain shut in Uttar Pradesh’s (UP’s) Agra, Hapur, and Ghaziabad over the bandh.

While the SC declined an urgent hearing on a writ petition filed by the All India Federation of SC/ST Organisations against the verdict, the Congress demanded that the Centre bring an amendment to the said law in Parliament or file a “curative petition” in the apex court. The government was slated on Tuesday to mention the review petition in the top court for an early hearing.

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