Appoint only SC-ST lawyers to fight anti-atrocity cases: Dalit rights body write to Gujarat CM

In a representation to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, the Dalit rights organization, Gyati Nurmulan Samiti, has demanded that only scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) lawyers, selected through Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) examinations, should be appointed as special public prosecutors in order to take up anti-atrocity cases. Signed by co-conveners of the organization, Rajesh Solanki and Sanjay Parmar, the representation added, these special public prosecutors should be provided with all the necessary facilities to fight such cases, which are run in special courts.
Pointing out that in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal this is already being done, the representation further said, it is found that non-GPSC lawyers appointed as government pleaders are not committed to fighting SC and ST atrocity cases, nor are they accountable to anyone. Suggesting that even GPSC-appointed lawyers of the general category are also found to be not serious in fighting SC-ST atrocity cases in the lower courts, the representation believes, however, that GPSC-selected lawyers are accountable, and action can be taken against them if they are found guilty and compromised with criminal elements.

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