Govt to set up 12 Courts for cases against tainted ne­tas

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In a land­mark de­ci­sion which shall have far reach­ing con­se­quences in end­ing the in­or­di­nate de­lay in the pros­e­cu­tion of politi­cians in crim­i­nal cases, the Cen­tre has de­cided to set up spe­cial courts to deal ex­clu­sively with cases against 1,581 MPs and MLAs with the cov­eted ob­jec­tive of dis­pos­ing them of in a year. There will be 12 spe­cial courts in the coun­try to ex­clu­sively dis­pose of crim­i­nal cases against mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and State As­sem­blies within a pe­riod of one year. No doubt, the Cen­tre’s ma­jor push in fast-track­ing trial against politi­cians came as a re­sult of prod­ding by the Supreme Court in a PIL per­tain­ing to this.

While crav­ing for the ex­clu­sive in­dul­gence of my es­teemed read­ers, let me also in­form them that it is be­yond a straw of doubt that the Cen­tre’s de­ci­sion which has been con­veyed to the Supreme Court on De­cem­ber 12 could be a se­ri­ous set­back to politi­cians who, de­spite fac­ing se­ri­ous charges, have re­mained Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and State As­sem­blies due to time con­sumed in tri­als. They could now soon face the axe. Such cases will fall in the purview of spe­cial courts and their fate will be de­cided ex­pe­di­tiously and not hang on for many years and decades.

For my es­teemed read­ers ex­clu­sive in­dul­gence, let me also in­form them that the pe­ti­tioner had sought to know from the Cen­tre on the steps taken to ex­pe­dite cases in­volv­ing heinous charges against MPs and MLAs.

It is note­wor­thy that the data pro­vided by the pe­ti­tioner Ash­wini Ku­mar Upad­hyay showed that a to­tal of 1,581 MPs and

MLAs were fac­ing crim­i­nal cases as per de­tails col­lected till 2014. The Apex Court on Novem­ber 1, 2017 had directed the Cen­tre to out­line a scheme to fast­track cases against po­lit­i­cal per­sons.

There will be 12 spe­cial courts in the coun­try to ex­clu­sively dis­pose of crim­i­nal cases against mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and State As­sem­blies within a pe­riod of one year.

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