The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that there shall be no immediate arrest in cases lodged under SC/ST Act against public servants.
Taking note of the misuse of the stringent Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against government servants, the apex court said that a preliminary probe by an officer not below the rank of deputy superintendent is a must before arresting a public servant.
Supreme Court also said there is no absolute bar in granting anticipatory bail in cases lodged against public servants under SC/ST Act.
The bench, which passed a slew of directions, said a public servant can be arrested in cases lodged under SC/ST Act only after prior approval by the competent authority.
(With inputs from agencies)