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Criminal Cases against MPs & MLAs: Orissa High Court takes suo motu notice, directs State to tally details of pending cases

Lawstreet Journal 29 Sep 2020 1:33am

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On its own motion, the High Court of Orissa has instituted proceedings on the question of how many cases are pending against former and sitting legislators and on how they are to be disposed of expeditiously.

This suo motu case was taken up in the wake of litigation ongoing at the Supreme Court in respect of lawyer Ashwini Kumar's plea seeking a lifetime bar on convicted politicians from contesting elections and for expediting the disposal of cases against legislators.

The High Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Dr. BR Sarangi has now directed Advocate General AK Parija to file an affidavit with details of criminal cases against former and sitting MPs and MLAs pending in Courts across the State.

The Registrar-General of the High Court has also been asked to place on record the infrastructure in place to dispose of these categories of cases, and if possible, to hasten the same. Additionally, the details of cases stayed by the Supreme Court, High Court, or Sessions Courts are also expected to be tabled in the High Court at the next hearing.

Lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay had earlier moved a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking the speedy disposal of criminal cases against former and present MPs and MLAs. In the course of this litigation, High Courts across the country had been directed by the Supreme Court to compile a list of criminal cases against former and present legislators.

On September 10, the amicus curiae in the matter Vijay Hansaria informed the Apex… Continue Reading...


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