In the wake of the recent apex court order ‘diluting’ some of the provisions of the SC ST Act, the opposition DMK has demanded the Centre to take steps to include the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution, which is beyond judicial review.

DMK working president M.K. Stalin threatened to launch a series of protests if the Centre failed to include the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution, which would put it beyond judicial review. Mr. Stalin said, “The Centre must file a review petition against the Supreme Court diluting the SC/ST Act or include that Act in the Constitution’s 9th Schedule and create a good ambience.”

Though the laws placed in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution cannot be challenged in court, the Supreme Court had held that judicial review was a basic feature of the Constitution.

The apex court had said that even laws under the 9th Schedule would be open to scrutiny if they violated fundamental rights or the basic structure of the Constitution. A Tamil Nadu law that provides 69% of reservation in the state is among the legislations that are covered under the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution.

The government is planning to bring an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court verdict putting safeguards on arrests under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and subsequently introduce a bill to insulate it from further judicial scrutiny.

Is all this done for vote bank? Do you think they assure their vote by putting this act in 9th schedule so that they can attract more people? Is they have idea about difficulties of other caste’s people, violent protests and death of people? At several places the protests had turned violent which left nearly a dozen people killed. Opposition parties also accused the government of failing to protect Dalit rights. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month asserted that his government would not let any dilution in the law aimed at preventing atrocities against SCs and STs.