Breaking: Supreme Court mandates prior sanction to prosecute officers under SC/ST Act

Murali Krishnan March 20 2018

In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court has introduced safeguards to prevent misuse of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against officers who deal with the complaints under the Act in their official capacity.

It has held that prior sanction of appointing authority is required for prosecuting officers for acts done by them with respect to SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 in their official capacity. The judgment states,

"...no arrest may be effected . . .

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