The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that there would be no stay on its March 20 order in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
Hearing the government's review petition in the case, the apex court gave parties in the case time to file written submissions but declined to stay its order.
'The idea behind the judgment is protection of innocent persons against abuse of power of arrest.'
'Rights of the underprivileged need to be upheld but it's equally important to not take away liberty of an innocent.'
'There should be no terror in the society amongst the innocent people.'
'We don't want to take away anyone's right. We just don't want the innocent to be punished. That's why we need scrutiny.'
Earlier, speaking about the Bharat Bandh 'protests' that were witnessed in several cities on Monday, the Supreme Court had said:
'Those agitating on the streets may not have even read our judgment.'
'Vested interests are also involved some times.'
'We are only concerned about innocents being put behind bars. We are not against the act at all.'
The Attorney General made strong submissions for review of the judgment which introduced the provision of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act while directing that there would be no automatic arrest on any complaint filed under the law.
Nine people were killed on Monday as a call for Bharat Bandh by various Dalit groups quickly deteriorated into large-scale rioting and rampant destruction of property in several cities. The top court had agreed to hear the plea following the arguments made by the Attorney General that it was a law and order issue.