Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, Socialist Unity Centre of India ( Communist) has issued the following statement on 28 March 2018:
Recent Supreme Court order holding it mandatory that there should be no automatic or immediate arrest of any public or non-public servant on any complaint filed under the stringent Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, without a preliminary probe and approval of respective authorities, palpably undermines the intent and extent of the provision which was meant to protect one of the most marginalised section of population of the country. And this has come at an hour when that section of population, broadly the Dalits, have been made target of heinous attacks on this or that pretext under the present regime of the RSS-BJP combine. The situation arising boils down to the simple fact that even with the Act existing, seeking justice will depend primarily upon the bureaucracy and administration and its infamous delay from red-tapeism, if not worse. It will mean that the door for justice for the Dalits will recede further.
As regards misuse of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which has been used as the ground for making the move, can be prevented through legal measures as provided in other relevant laws.
We express our grave concerned this move and demand that it be reconsidered and rescinded, to help maintain meting out justice to the downtrodden oppressed section of the population that are presently being thrust under more vehement attacks