Numerous innocent people have been the targets of fraudulent accusations under the SC/ST Act :Kerala High Court

In order to avoid the potential of erroneous inference, the Kerala High Court has asked courts to carefully examine cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act when considering requests for anticipatory bail.

The distressing reality that many innocent people suffer from false accusations, according to Justice A Badhurudeen, is why courts must pay close attention to the details in instances involving the SC/ST Act.

The Court made these observations while deliberating a woman’s appeal against a Special Judge’s decision to deny her anticipatory bail in a case where she was accused of committing an offence that was punishable under Section 3(1)(s) of the SC/ST (POA) Act.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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