Recent Judgments related to SC/ST POA ACT 1989

In recent years, there have been a number of judgments related to the SC/ST PoA Act 1989. These judgments have had a significant impact on the lives of millions of people and have set important precedents for future cases.

we will discuss some of the most important judgments related to the SC/ST PoA Act and their implications. We will also provide tips for those who may be affected by these rulings. Finally, we will offer our thoughts on what the future may hold for the SC/ST PoA Act.

The SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities (POA) Act, 1989, is a landmark legislation in India that prohibits discrimination and violence against persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The Act was passed in the wake of the Anti-Sikh Riots of 1984, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of members of these groups.

Since its passage, the POA Act has been used to prosecute individuals for crimes including murder, rape, and arson. In November 2018, a landmark judgment was delivered in the case of Kishenji v State of Maharashtra. This judgment held that the POA Act cannot be used to prosecute individuals for acts committed before its enactment, i.e. prior to September 28, 1994.

1. In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Protection of Alienation) Act, 1996. This landmark decision restores justice to hundreds of SC/ST people who have been arbitrarily deprived of their land and property over the years.

2. The SC/ST POA Act was passed in response to the widespread abuse and exploitation of SC/ST people by landlords, businessmen, and government officials. Under this law, SC/ST individuals are granted special rights over their land and property, including the right to dispose of it as they see fit.

In the recent judgment in the matter of Orissa Pradesh Mahila Adhikar Samiti and others vs Union of India, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (POA) Act, 1996. The court held that the legislation is a legitimate exercise of Parliament's power to legislate on behalf of designated social groups and that it does not violate any constitutional provisions.

The court also reiterated its earlier rulings that caste-based discrimination is illegal and unconstitutional, and that the POA Act was designed to protect the interests of SC/ST communities. The judgment is significant because it confirms the government's commitment to ensuring equality for all Indians, regardless of their caste or religious affiliation.

This judgment was delivered by a Division Bench of the Supreme Court on September 7, 2018. The judgment held that the provisions of the SC/ST PoA Act are unconstitutional and invalid. This means that the benefits which have been conferred to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes since 2006 are invalid. The court also held that no further benefit can be conferred upon them until these provisions are struck down.