Govt to set up 12 Courts for cases against tainted netas
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.