Supreme court gives green signal for setting up of 12 fast track courts
The Supreme Court gave the green signal for the Centre’s scheme to set up 12 fast-track courts to exclusively prosecute and dispose 1,581 criminal cases pending against Members of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies within a year. The courts operational by March 1, 2018, the Bench said. The 1,581 criminal cases were declared by politicians in their nominations in the 2014 general elections. The State governments, in consultation with the High Courts, will set up the Fast Track Courts to ensure that the courts start functioning from 01.03.2018. Justice Gogoi said the scheme proposes to club the cases of several politicians together and have one court hear them. This way, the Bench expected a special court to finish at least 100 cases a year. The Supreme Court directed the High Courts, acting through the various trial courts, to trace out from the case records the criminal cases pending against politicians and transfer them to the special courts concerned for adjudication. The order comes on a petition filed by Mr Upadhyay for a life ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections. The court said it would consider the issue in the next hearing in March.
Budget allocated for this purpose: ₹7.8 crores.
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