New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reserved the judgment on a petition challenging the validity of the SC and ST Amendment Act 2018. After the cross-examination by both parties, the bench, headed by Justice UU Lalit, has reserved the verdict.

In view of the misuse of Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act of 1989 on March 20, 2019, the Supreme Court banned the FIR received under this Act. The court had also said that there should be a provision of anticipatory bail for the accused in the case registered under the SC-ST Act.

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But later the government amended the law and restored the situation to as it was before. Meanwhile, the Central Government, along with others, filed a reconsideration petition against the order of March 20.

The BJP government’s decision to overturn the apex court's dilution of the SC/ST Act has already created agitation among the upper class in some states.