On Tuesday Supreme Court directed the constitutions of special courts in each district of Bihar and Kerala for the trial of pending criminal cases against present and former MLA and MP’s. The group of Chief justice Rajan Gogoi and justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the direction for setting up special courts in each district of Bihar and Kerala. The report was made on the order of the bench Rajan Gogoi, which wished to impact the court’s verdict on the against sitting and former lawmakers.
As per the report out of the total of 4122 criminal cases,2324 cases remained in court against sitting MPs and MLA’s. Out of 4122 cases, many cases are still pending due to stay granted by the higher courts.
The cases which are to be considered are:
- In 1982 the murder case which was logged against MM Mani is yet to be started.
- Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh charged against corruption case in 2007 is yet to be framed.
The High Court was being directed by the Apex Court to send back the cases from the special court which was already been framed. The supreme court which has given the freedom of constituting as many courts as required in the districts of these two states for the trial of cases against the legislators. While issuing a direction for setting up special courts, the top court then asked the government to collect data about the criminal cases pending against MPs and MLAs.
The APEX court also said the special court to take up lifetime cases on a priority while hearing pending matters against MPs and MLAs.