Delhi High Court orders setting up of special courts for trial of legislatures

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Feb 2018 8:01pm

Delhi High Court orders setting up of special courts for trial of legislatures

New Delhi: The Delhi high court has  directed that all cases against members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies that are pending in various courts shall be transferred to  two special courts in the Patiala House.To be presided over by judges Arvind Kumar and Samar Vishal from March 1 ,the courts would deal on a fast track basis with criminal cases against elected members of Parliament and legislative assemblies .The decision in the matters listed before the court are to be given with in a year.

This decision is in  context of Supreme Court order  in a public interest litigation (PIL) brought by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, lawyer and spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) .The order given in November 2017 asked the centre to set up special fast-track courts to deal with cases pending against legislators.

The SC gave the centre six weeks to submit its proposal along with costs.In its submission to SC the Centre said it proposes to set up 12 such courts to dispose of 1,581 criminal cases pending against central and state legislatures.The Centre said in its affidavit that cost of setting up each such court was Rs 65 lakh and in all about 7.8 crore rupees will be spent on this.Necessary permission for this already has been taken from department of expenditure,Ministry of Finance.The proposal was accepted by the apex court on 14 December 2017.

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