Speedy disposal of cases against MPs, MLAs: Karnataka High Court calls for nomination of AG Navadgi to committee appointing prosecutors
Prabhuling Navadgi, Karnataka High Court

Speedy disposal of cases against MPs, MLAs: Karnataka High Court calls for nomination of AG Navadgi to committee appointing prosecutors

The State government had issued an order dated January 8, setting up a four-member screening committee for appointing prosecutors in cases against legislators.

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday recommended the appointment of Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi to the screening committee responsible for appointing public prosecutors in cases pending against Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly (MPs and MLAs).

This recommendation was made by the Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice SS Magadum.

During the hearing today, the State government apprised the Bench that it had issued an order dated January 8, 2021, setting up a four-member screening committee for appointing prosecutors in pending cases against MPs and MLAs.

At this juncture, Amicus Curiae and Senior Advocate Aditya Sondhi suggested a modification to the January 8 order so that AG Navadgi may be made a part of the said committee.

Concurring with the stand of Sondhi, the Court went on to urge the State government to consider modifying the January 8 order to that effect.

As the matter is expected to be taken up by the apex court this month, the Bench has posted the matter for further hearing on February 2.

Last year, the Court had directed the registration of a suo motu petition, in view of the directions issued by the Supreme Court urging Chief Justices of High Courts to formulate an action plan to expeditiously deal with pending cases against legislators.

In November 2020, the Court had opined that since the matters against MLAs and MPs are sensitive in nature, the State will have place on record the procedure it has adopted for selecting public prosecutors appearing in these cases.

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