Ram Vilas Paswan says Centre to bring in ordinance if Supreme Court delivers 'adverse verdict' on SC/ST Act
The Centre had moved the apex court in April seeking a review of its judgment by which safeguards were put with respect to the SC/ST Act.
New Delhi: The Centre will bring in an ordinance if the Supreme Court delivers an adverse verdict on a review petition filed against its order diluting the provisions of the SC/ST Act, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday.
The Centre had moved the apex court in April seeking a review of its judgment by which safeguards were put on the provisions for immediate arrest under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The apex court had on 20 March said that on several occasions, innocents were termed accused and public servants deterred from performing their duties, which was never the intention of the legislature while enacting the law.
While participating in the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, Paswan said, "If the Supreme Court delivers an adverse judgement, then we will come up with an ordinance."
Maintaining that the collegium system for judicial appointments was not transparent, the Lok Janshakti Party leader also demanded more representation of SC/STs in the judiciary, asking "when Dalits can become IAS or IPS officers, why can't Dalits become judges?"
Paswan also said he favoured reservation for women in Parliament and said "I am ready for Women's Reservation, but are the Samajwadi Party and the BSP ready for women's quota in Parliament?"
The senior advocate moved a significant step towards becoming a Delhi High Court judge on Tuesday, a decision, which deferred multiple times for what many speculated was due to his sexual orientation
Welfare state's first responsibility to provide food to people dying of hunger, SC tells Centre on community kitchen policy
The PIL, filed by social activists Anun Dhawan, Ishann Dhawan, and Kunjana Singh, had also sought a direction to the Centre for creating a national food grid for people falling outside the purview of the public distribution scheme
The plea stated that the petitioners have been either declared failed or awarded very less marks in the improvement examinations