Supreme Court Rules: Insulting SC/ST Person with Words Like "Idiot," "Fool," or "Thief" Not an Offense under SC/ST Act.
- Supreme Court: Accused’s Statements in Public Must be Included in Charge Sheet.
- The Supreme Court emphasized that the charge sheet should include the accused’s public statements before the trial begins. This allows the court to determine if the case falls under the SC/ST Act.
- The court heard a case where a person was charged with offenses under the SC/ST Act for insulting a Scheduled Caste or Tribe member in public.
- Supreme Court says Insulting SC/ST Person with Words Like “Idiot,” “Fool,” or “Thief” Not an Offense under section 3(1)(x) of SC/ST Act.
- The court stated that insults must be targeted at the victim’s caste to be considered an offense.
- The court also highlighted the need to outline the accused’s statements in the charge sheet.
- The court quashed the proceedings as the charge sheet didn’t mention anyone other than the accused and the complainant.
- The court found that the accused’s statements were not made in public view.
- The Supreme Court overturned the high court’s decision.
- Also state that completing the investigation within a day had harmed the justice.