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Comprehensive road map should be prepared for early disposal of cases against legislators: Madras High Court
"This matter has to get precedence", observes the order passed by the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy on Tuesday.
The Madras High Court on Tuesday opined that a comprehensive road map should be prepared to ensure that criminal cases pending against present and former legislators are disposed of expeditiously.
The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy was dealing with the suo motu case registered to monitor the disposal of pending cases against sitting and former Members of Parliament/ Members of the Legislative Assembly (MPs/MLAs).
"A comprehensive road-map ought to be chartered out, taking into account the litigative resourcefulness of the legislators and the affinity to delay the trials so as to ensure the early disposal of the criminal cases in accordance with law", the Bench remarked.
It went on to record that the State has been requested to augument the judiciary's resources, if necessary, so that immediate effective steps can be taken for the early disposal of matters pending against past and present legislators.
Emphasising that the matter has to get precedence, the Court has requested the Additional Solicitor-General to be represented when the matter is taken up next on January 11.
The suo motu case is part of the Madras High Court's efforts to monitor the expeditious disposal of cases registered against legislators in line with the Supreme Court's directives on the same. The Supreme Court had issued directions on the issue in a public interest litigation (PIL) moved by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay for the decriminalisation of politics and the expeditious disposal of cases involving legislators.
Earlier, the then Chief Justice AP Sahi led Bench had directed that defamation cases pending before it involving MPs/MLAs/ legislators should be listed on top priority.
Read order dated January 5, 2021: