Thursday, March 1, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Two more special courts to deal with SC/ST Act cases proposed: ADGP

TIRUCHI, March 1, 2012
Two more special courts to deal with SC/ST Act cases proposed: ADGP
Staff Reporter

A proposal to establish two more Special Courts to deal exclusively
with cases booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
(Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989 and Protection of Civil Rights
Act has been forwarded to the State government, the Additional
Director General of Police, Social Justice & Human Rights T.
Radhakrishnan said on Wednesday.

The proposal for establishing Special Courts at Villupuram and
Sivaganga is under the active consideration of the government, ADGP
Radhakrishnan told reporters here. At present, there are four such
Special Courts functioning at Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli and

One of the reasons for forwarding the proposal was the significant
number of cases being registered under the SC/ ST (Prevention of
Atrocities) Act in Villupuram, Sivaganga and Tirunelveli districts,
Mr. Radhakrishnan said. He said 3,000 cases across the State were
pending trial at various stages adding that special public prosecutors
had been appointed to deal exclusively with SC / ST Act cases in a bid
to expedite the trial process.

As many as 600 cases were under investigation and the cases were
pending because community certificates were awaited from the
complainants to prove that they belonged to any SC or ST community.
Some were pending because legal opinion was awaited. A few more were
pending with the Monitoring and Vigilance Committees in various

In a bid to create awareness among people, the Social Justice and
Human Rights wing had organised social justice tea parties in around
24,000 villages over the last three years alongside mass awareness
programmes at district headquarters.

The law enforcers were getting more complaints and information
regarding disparities and inequalities due to the sustained awareness
campaign. However, 30 to 40 per cent of the complaints were motivated
or had no evidence to substantiate the allegations, the ADGP said.

The conviction rate in SC/ST and Protection of Civil Rights cases was
14 per cent, a figure that was on a par with the national average, he

Later, Mr. Radhakrishan held a meeting with the Superintendents of
Police of Tiruchi Range, comprising Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Karur,
Perambalur and Ariyalur districts, and reviewed the cases under trial
or under investigation.

The Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, Alexander Mohan,
Superintendent of Police, Tiruchi R. Lalitha Lakshmi; SP, Perambalur
Rupesh Kumar Meena; SP, Ariyalur Jaya Gowri, SP, Pudukottai
Tamilchandran; SP, Karur Santhosh Kumar and senior police officers
attended the two-hour long meeting.

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