Parliament passes SC and ST Amendment Bill, 2018 | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

Parliament passes SC and ST Amendment Bill, 2018

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The Parliament has SC and ST Amendment Bill, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot moved the Amendment Bill, 2018 in Rajya Sabha.
In the bill, section 18A has been inserted to nullify conduct of a preliminary enquiry before registration of an FIR, or to seek approval of any authority prior to arrest of an accused, and to restore the provisions of Section 18 of the Act. Section 18A, inserted in the Act, states that, for the purpose of the PoA Act, (a) preliminary enquiry shall not be required for registration of a First Information Report against any person; or (b) the investigating officer shall not require approval for arrest, if necessary, of any person, against whom an accusation of having committed an offence under the PoA Act has been made and no procedure other than provided under the PoA Act or the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, shall apply. The provision of section 438 of the Code shall not apply to a case under the Act, notwithstanding any judgment or order or direction of any Court.

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