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1,097 criminal cases involving lawmakers are pending, Centre tells SC

Team SoOLEGAL 12 Sep 2018 11:30am

1,097 criminal cases involving lawmakers are pending, Centre tells SC

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that 1,097 cases involving lawmakers, including MPs and MLAs, are still pending before 12 special courts.

The centre’s reply came in response to the apex court’s order passed on August 21 seeking to know the number of special courts that have been created following its December 14, 2017 order and the number of pending cases before the special courts. The court’s order came on a petition filed by an advocate and BJP spokesperson, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who had sought that the trial of MPs/MLAs against whom charges had been framed be done by special courts and conclude within one year.

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice had filed an affidavit in the top court, saying that out of the 12 special courts – six are sessions courts and five magistrate courts (except for the class of court in Tamil Nadu, which has not been indicated). And, as many as 1,233 criminal cases against MPs and MLAs were transferred to these courts.

Although, 136 out of 1,233 cases have been disposed of, 1,097 cases are still pending.

And among the special courts, two are in Delhi, one each in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The court told the top court that these courts would function within the territorial jurisdiction of the state they have been set up.

The centre further said that lawmakers would be tried by regular courts in fast-track mode, where the cases filed against them are less than 65.

When asked about the requirement of additional courts, the centre told the court that Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Patna, Kerala, and Calcutta High Courts have said that there was no need for additional courts.

The Centre further said that even though the Bombay HC has said it requires additional courts, it has not indicated the number yet.

Besides, the Delhi HC has left it to the central government to take a call. The Madras HC, Andhra Pradesh HC (for both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) and Allahabad HC, the Centre said has not furnished any information.

Tagged: Cases Pending Against Lawmakers   MPs   MLAs   Criminal Cases   Union Ministry of Law and Justice   Bombay HC   Madras HC   Andhra Pradesh HC   Allahabad HC   Calcutta HC   Delhi HC   Supreme Court of India  
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