New Delhi, Sep 11: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said misuse of the SC/ST Act (Prevention of Atrocities) would not be allowed in the state, adding that no arrests would be made without investigation.
Interacting with the media in the tribal Balaghat district during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, Chouhan also said that he won’t allow misuse of SC/ST Act in MP.
Later, Chouhan in a tweet reiterated,” MP mein nahi hoga SC/ST Act ka durupyog, bina janch ke nahi hogi giraftari (SC/ST Act will not be misused in MP and arrests will not be made without investigation)
The chief minister’s clarification came a day ahead of the Brahmin Mahakumbh to be held in Ujjain. The mega event, among other things, plans to protest against the SC/ST Act.
Hiralal Trivedi, patron of the Samanya Pichhra Alpsankhyak Kalyan Samaj (SAPAKS) that is leading the charge against the Act, called Chouhan’s remarks an ‘eyewash’, saying the chief minister could not speak against the Supreme Court and Parliament which passed the relevant amendments. “The CM is trying to fool people with his statement,” said Trivedi, adding that the struggle against the Act would continue.