What lies ahead this week in the Supreme Court?
Legality of the SC/ST Amendment Act of 2018: In August 2018, Parliament amended the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, in effect nullifying the Supreme Court’s 20th March 2018 Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan judgment. In Kashinath Mahajan, the Supreme Court introduced safeguards intended to prevent people from abusing the Prevention of Atrocities Act. Currently, the Court is entertaining both challenges to the parliamentary amendments and review petitions challenging Kashinath Mahajan.After having declined the plea requesting a stay of the Amendment Act of 2018 while the challenging the Amendment Act was pending before the Court the case for final hearing on 19th February., a Bench of Justice U U Lalit & Justice Indu Malhotra will take up the case for final hearing on .
Judicial Vacancies in Lower Courts: The Supreme Court is currently monitoring the steps taken by the High Courts and State Governments to fill all vacant judicial posts in the District and Subordinate Courts. On the previous date of hearing, the Bench headed by the CJI heard Mr. K V Vishwanathan who made his submissions on behalf of the States on Karnataka and Kerala. The submissions were with regards to filling vacant posts and making available appropriate judicial infrastructure. The Court was not satisfied will all the submissions of the respective States and had sought certain clarifications and will take up the case on Tuesday, 19th February.