Congress leader Udit Raj successfully stopped a journalist from releasing his interview after the politician threatened to get the journalist imprisoned under the SC/ST Act if he dared to release the interview which apparently had some difficult questions for the Congress leader.
Udit Raj threatens journalist with SC/ST Act
The journalist has shared his allegation against Udit Raj with OpIndia. He has reached out to share that he is being threatened and intimidated by the Congress leader over some parts of an interview. The journalist who interviewed the Congress leader said Udit Raj was rattled by one of the uncomfortable questions he had asked during his interview. Enraged by the question, the leader threatened the journalist with imprisonment under the SC/ST Act if he released the interview.
Question were asked on farmers’ toolkit
The journalist shared that Udit Raj had reportedly stated the BJP’s ‘fools’ had given importance to the farmer protest ‘toolkit’ issue. Upon this, he had asked the Congress leader if he had also been ‘fooled’ by the same! On this question, Udit Raj allegedly lost his cool and threatened the journalist with the SC/ST Act if he releases that part of the interview.
The journalist lamented that he has the entire recording of Udit Raj’s interview but could not release it because of the threat and intimidation he is facing from the Congress leader. It must be noted that Congress spokesperson Udit Raj is Dalit leader and National Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST organisation.
Rampant misuse of SC/ST Act
The anti atrocities law was initially enacted with the laudable purpose of protecting persons hailing from SC and ST community from any abuse or harassment over notions of caste supremacy. However, over the years, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 has been misused extensively for vengeance, blackmail and personal vendetta.
There have been several cases reported from various parts of the country where people were falsely implicated under the stringent provisions of the SC/ST Act. Any act of defiance is used as reasonable grounds to charge the person with SC/ST Act.