Refusing to stay amendments to the SC/ST Act, that restored the no anticipatory bail provision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said all matters including the Centre's review petition will be heard on February 19. A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit said the issue requires hearing in detail and it will be appropriate if all matters are heard on February 19.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for one of the petitioners who had challenged the changes made to the Act, sought an immediate stay, following which the Supreme Court bench refused to stay the amendments to the SC/ST Act.
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On January 25, the apex court had said it will consider listing the Centre's review and petitions challenging the amendments to the SC/ ST Act 2018, together before an appropriate bench.
The Supreme Court had earlier refused to stay the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018 which restored the provision that no anticipatory bail be granted to the accused.