Ahmedabad: A day after dilution of the provisions related to arrest in the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court, the Gujarat High Court has granted anticipatory bail to 15 people accused of assaulting a Dalit man.
Justice JB Pardiwala, on 21 March, granted pre-arrest bail to 15 members of the Rajput community, taking into consideration the SC verdict which came a day earlier.
An FIR under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered against 15 people, including women, at Jadar police station in Sabarkantha district in January.
They allegedly thrashed a Dalit man and hurled casteist abuse at him over a petty issue at Moti Vadol village in the district, as per the FIR.
After taking into consideration the Supreme Court’s verdict, Justice Pardiwala granted anticipatory bail, with a condition that the accused will co-operate with the probe.
The Supreme Court on 20 March diluted the stringent provisions mandating an immediate arrest, in a bid to protect honest public servants discharging bonafide duties from being blackmailed with false cases under the SC/ST Act.
The top court said that on several occasions, innocent citizens were being termed as accused and public servants deterred from performing their duties, which was never the intention of the legislature.