A city court has discharged nine members of a family, who were falsely implicated of making casteist remarks at their tenants.
The court noted that the tenants had misused the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act to seek revenge from their landlord.
Kanta Lata (30), a Master of Philosophy from Delhi University, had alleged that her landlord Om Prakash Grover and his family had made objectionable casteist remarks against her and her sister Manorama (29) and brother Chander Bhusan (27).
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said even the educated class have started resorting to the misuse of the SC/ST Act merely to satisfy their personal ego.
The court noted that Kanta Lata re-phrased her statement while registering an FIR at Mukherjee Nagar police station, different from what the police were initially told.
The court said it was only to ignite a caste related fracas and to implicate the entire family of her landlord. The judge said the complainants deliberately called up the media to increase the gravity of matter and to flare up the SC/ST issue.
Referring to the phenomenon of misuse of the SC/ST Act, the judge said, “Unfortunately one comes across growing instances of cases where the provision of this Act have not so much been invoked for the betterment of those to whom it seeks to protect.”
Slamming the complainants, the judge said, “Law cannot be the absolute property of a few.”
The court observed that recently in the view of false complaints, the state government of Uttar Pradesh had relaxed the stringent provisions of SC/ST Act.
Rapping the police for registering the complaint in a hurry, the judge said, “Senior police officials should supervise registering of complainants in the cases related to SC/ST Act.”