The Supreme Court approved to set up 12 special courts on Thursday across the country to hear “1581 criminal cases” which is pending against legislators.
The Supreme Court approved to set up 12 special courts on Thursday across the country to hear “1581 criminal cases” which is pending against legislators. The apex court also directed the special courts should be operational by March 1, 2018. The court also gave the government two months’ time to inform it about the status of the pending cases. The government had proposed two special courts to try cases against MPs, besides one each for Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
After perusing the Centre’s plan, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said, “…a scheme, though rudimentary at this stage, has been placed before the court… the Union of India proposes to set up 12 Fast Track Courts… we direct the Union of India to proportionately allocate the… expenditure… to the different states in which the Special Courts are planned to be located… Immediately after such allocation is made and intimated to the respective state governments, the state governments in consultation with the High Courts will set up the Fast Track Courts (12 in all) to ensure that the said courts start functioning from March 1, 2018.”
The Supreme court has also directedtuhe government to “forthwith” allocate a sum of Rs 7.6 crore for these courts proportionately to the respective states. The top court has also asked High Court to “trace out from case records, cases pending which are required to be dealt with by these special courts and assign them to the special courts for adjudication”. On November 1, the Supreme court had asedx the Centre to come up with a scheme for setting up these courts. The court was then hearing a PIL filed by Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking a lifetime ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections. The court said it would take up the petition next on March 7 to consider the main question of lifetime ban on convicted politicians.