Monday, September 20, 2010

[ZESTCaste] ‘Expedite pending cases of atrocities on dalits’

'Expedite pending cases of atrocities on dalits'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Mumbai, September 17, 2010First Published: 02:06 IST(17/9/2010)
Last Updated: 02:07 IST(17/9/2010)

The high court directed the state to inquire into the pending cases
involving atrocities on Dalits and come up with remedial measures for
their speedy disposal. A division bench of Justice BH Marlapalle and
Justice ND Deshpande also questioned why the meeting of the newly
set-up high-powered committee, headed by the CM, to oversee the
implementation of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, had not
yet taken place.

The bench raised the query after counsel for petitioner organisation,
Sanghraj Rupawate, pointed out that the meeting scheduled for
Wednesday did not take place. Public Prosecutor Pandurang Pol assured
the panel will meet by September 30.

The bench directed Principal Secretary (Social Justice) Santosh Gavai,
who has been appointed as nodal officer, to coordinate between various
departments and ensure implementation of the Act and suggest remedial
measures within three months. The court asked Gavai to look into the
43 cases cited by the petitioner NGO and ensure the act is

The PIL filed in 2009, highlighted poor implementation of the
Atrocities Act alleging the state had not sent an annual report to the
Centre in the last five years, even though it was mandatory to do so.
The state, however, claimed that the reports had been forwarded to the


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