Set up special courts to try lawmakers by 1 March, Supreme Court tells government

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Dec 2017 11:30am

Set up special courts to try lawmakers by 1 March, Supreme Court tells government

The Supreme Court of India has directed the central government to have the 12 special courts to exclusively deal with cases involving lawmakers, should start functioning from 1 March next year and asked the centre to forthwith allocate Rs. 7.8 crore proportionately to the respective states.

These courts will try such cases exclusively. The top court had a few years ago under a ruling delivered by former CJI RM Lodha directed that all such cases be disposed of in a year. But these courts have not been set up yet. A PIL filed by BJP leader and Supreme Court advocate Ashwin Upadhyay had drawn the court's attention to this ruling and demanded that this be implemented.

The apex court said the governments of states where the special courts are to be set up will constitute these courts in consultation with the respective high courts so as to ensure that they are functional by 1 March 2018.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gagoi and Navin Singha also granted two months to the centre to collect and collate data of cases involving lawmakers pending across the country.

Pursuant to a court notice, the government had agreed to set up in the beginning some 12 courts all over the country to deal with such cases. These 12 special courts will try an estimated 1,581 cases pending against elected lawmakers both in Parliament and the state assemblies since 2014. The in-principle financial approval for the courts had come on December 8, 2017.

[Source: ET]

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