Centre files review petition in Supreme Court challenging SC/ST protection law


A student leader along with four other killed during the violence between the police and protesters.

Police have also closed the traffic movement on Sansad Marg from Patel Chowk to Jantar Mantar.

One dead in Madhya Pradesh's Morena, curfew imposed in the area. The Punjab government on Sunday said buses affiliated to PunBus, Punjab Roadways and Punjab Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) will not be plying due to the bandh. A senior party official told the newspaper that the decision may be an "over reaction".

In Punjab, schools and other educational institutions were shut down, bus services and internet connectivity remained suspended. Protesters blocked National Highway-92 in Bhind in the morning resulting in several vehicles being stuck on both sides.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad confirmed that the Centre has filed the petition after instructing his Ministry officials "to examine the desirability of filing a review petition in the case".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar informed the House that a review petition has been filed by the government. Protesters stormed the Patna Junction where they forced closure of the ticket booking counters and squatted on railway tracks disrupting movement of a number of trains.

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Trains for local commutation also remain suspended. The Army and paramilitary forces were also put on standby in Punjab.

Meanwhile, in the face of stiff pressure from both within the NDA and opposition, Union Law Ministry has chose to file a review petition in the Supreme Court on the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act verdict.

Meanwhile, the CBSE postponed Class 12 and Class 10 examinations scheduled to be held today in Punjab at the request of the state government in view of the "Bharat Bandh". Those calling for the bandh clashed with the people opposing the bandh.

The government has also appointed special executive magistrates for the maintenance of law and order, up to April 3, in their respective districts under Section 21 of the CrPC.

The Supreme Court on 20 March diluted the provisions of the Act and said government servants should not be arrested without prior sanction and private citizens, too, should be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.