GoI tells SC its verdict has diluted SC/ST Act, caused disharmony

The Centre also told SC that there is a separation of powers between legislature, executive and judiciary which it is inviolable

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that its recent judgement on the SC/ST Act has “diluted” the provisions of the law, resulting in “great damage” to the country, and steps may be taken to correct it.
It said the top court verdict, which had dealt with an issue of a “very sensitive nature”, has caused “commotion”, “anger, unease and a sense of disharmony” in the country.
The government also said the “confusion” created by the apex court verdict may have to be corrected by reviewing the judgement and recalling the directions issued by it.
In his written submission, Attorney General KK Venugopal said that through the judgement, the top court has not filled the gaps in the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, but rather amended it through judicial legislation.
He also stressed that there was separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary which was “inviolable”.
“It is submitted that this judgement has diluted, for the reasons stated, the provisions of the Atrocities Act read with the Code, resulting in great damage to the country,” the Attorney General said in his written submissions.
“This case, dealing with the issue of very sensitive nature, has caused a lot of commotion in the country and is also creating anger, unease and a sense of disharmony,” it said.
“Bland statement that ‘power to declare law carries with it, within the limits of duty, to make law when none exists’ is wholly fallacious because we live under a written Constitution of which separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary is the very basic structure and is inviolable,” it said.
The Centre’s submission came in the backdrop of several states being rocked by violence and clashes on April 2 following a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by several SC/ST organisations protesting the top court’s March 20 order, which claimed at least nine lives and injured hundreds.