Friday, August 6, 2010

[ZESTCaste] State to reply on SC/ST Act implementation

State to reply on SC/ST Act implementation
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Mumbai, August 06, 2010First Published: 01:11 IST(6/8/2010)

The state, within three weeks, will have to file an affidavit
informing the high court whether it had forwarded reports to the
Centre on implementation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes
(Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the state. A division bench of
Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice V.K. Tahilramani was hearing a
public interest litigation filed by NGO National Dalit Movement for
Justice, which alleged that the Act was not being implemented in the

Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed the court on Thursday that a
high-powered committee had been formed recently under the chairmanship
of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to oversee the implementation of the

Pol also informed the court that the file concerning appointment of a
nodal officer to oversee implementation of the Act had been referred
to the chief minister who said within a fortnight a decision would be
taken in this regard.

Counsel for the petitioner, Sanghraj Rupawate, alleged that the state
government had not constituted a high-powered committee under the
chairmanship of the chief minister.

He also said no nodal officer had been appointed in accordance with
the rules framed under the Act in 1995.

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