The Social Justice Ministry has written to the Law Ministry to explore ways to file a review petition. The secretaries of the two ministries will sit down together to finalize the petition, Mr Gehlot told NDTV. .
The intervention by PM's office came after a delegation of Dalit lawmakers of the BJP and its allies, led by Ram Vilas Paswan, met him yesterday. The prime minister had assured them that the government was committed towards their welfare, they said after the meeting. Another delegation had met President Ram Nath Kovind.
Maintaining that the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act law was being misused, the Supreme Court changed two key provisions of the law last week.
Dalit groups said the court could have come to a different conclusion had the Union government highlighted two key facts - the high rate of atrocities on the community and the abysmally low rate of conviction. A dilution of the law at this stage raises jeopardises their safety further, they contended.
The Congress sided with the call for a review petition, and said the government's failure to do the needful proves the BJP does not care about the welfare of the Dalits. A section within the BJP expressed apprehension that unless urgent action was taken, the matter may blow up into a political controversy.
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