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The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to frame a scheme to set up Special Courts to deal with cases pertaining to criminal legislators.
The order was passed by a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha in a PIL filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking lifetime ban on convicted legislators.
The bench has asked the Centre to submit a draft scheme within 6 weeks.
The bench was of the view that since setting up of special courts would depend on the availability of finances with the State, a Central Scheme to exclusively deal with criminal cases involving political persons could solve the problem.
The court stated in its order,
The Court also sought details on how many of the 1581 cases involving Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and Members of Parliament have been disposed of within the time frame of one year as envisaged by the order of the Supreme Court dated March 10, 2014.
The Central government through Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni submitted that the Union Government would not be averse to setting up of Special Courts to try criminal cases/offences involving political persons for expeditious disposal of the same.
The matter has now been listed for December 13, 2017.