S K Mahajan v. State of Maharashtra: Supreme Court’s Failed Attempt at Curbing the Misuse of the SC/ST Act and its Impact

  • Swapnil Tripathi National Law University, Jodhpur, India

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Published
2019-01-01
How to Cite
TRIPATHI, Swapnil. S K Mahajan v. State of Maharashtra: Supreme Court’s Failed Attempt at Curbing the Misuse of the SC/ST Act and its Impact. Christ University Law Journal, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 103-114, jan. 2019. ISSN 2278-4322. Available at: <http://journals.christuniversity.in/index.php/culj/article/view/1908>. Date accessed: 19 apr. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.12728/culj.14.5.