The Supreme Court of India today asked PM Narendra Modi-led Central government to constitute special courts on the lines of fast-track courts.
The Supreme Court of India today asked PM Narendra Modi-led Central government to constitute special courts on the lines of fast-track courts for expeditious disposal of cases pending against parliamentarians, MLAs, according to ANI. The apex court has also asked Central government to appraise it as to how much amount would be spent on constituting special courts for cases against MPs & MLAs. Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to all the parties that any politician against whom charges have been framed in any case, should tender his resignation. HM further said that unless the politician is free of the charged that has been framed against hi, he should not take any position.
The Supreme Court also directed the Centre to place before it details regarding 1,581 cases involving MPs and MLAs, as declared by politicians at the time of filing their nominations during the 2014 general elections. A bench comprising 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, according to PTI.
During the hearing, the Centre told the bench that decriminalization 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 lifetime disqualification of politicians convicted in criminal cases was under the active consideration of the government. The bench directed the Centre to place before it the scheme for setting up of such special courts and also indicate a number of funds that could be earmarked for the purpose. The apex court asked the government to place these details before it within six weeks and fixed the matter for hearing on December 13.