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Supreme Court asks Centre to set up special courts to try politicians in criminal cases

Team SoOLEGAL 2 Nov 2017 12:00pm

Supreme Court asks Centre to set up special courts to try politicians in criminal cases

The Supreme Court of India has asked union government to frame a central scheme for setting up special court across the country to exclusively try criminal cases involving political figures.

The court directed the Centre to submit a report card by December 13 regarding 1,581 cases pending against Member of Parliament and Member of State Legislative Assemblies, as declared by politicians at the time of filing their nominations during the 2014 general elections.  

The court said it wanted to know whether its March 10, 2014 order to complete the trial in all these cases within a year's time had been complied with or not.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha also sought the details of criminal cases lodged against politicians from 2014 till date as well as on the disposal of these matters.

Underlining the need for special courts, Justice Gogoi referred to the workload of trial courts across the country. At any point of time, each court was handling as many as 4,200 cases, he said. "We will not go into what is optimal. But 4,200 is much above optimal," he said, adding that even if the Supreme Court says that the courts should dispose of cases in one year, that will be possible only if these courts were handling cases involving lawmakers and nothing else.

During the hearing, the Centre told the bench that decriminalisation of politics has to be done and it was not averse to the setting up of special courts to deal with cases involving politicians and speedy disposal of these matters.

It informed the bench that the recommendations of the Election Commission of India and the Law Commission favouring life-time disqualification of politicians convicted in criminal cases was under the active consideration of the government. [Inputs PTI]

Tagged: Supreme Court   Union Government   Member of Parliament and Member of State Legislative Assemblies   Criminal Case   Election Commission of India  
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