Supreme Court Pulls up Centre for not furnishing details of MLAs, MPs having criminal records

Hearing the case pertaining to setting up of  new fast-track courts to expedite criminal case trials against parliamentarians and legislators, the apex court has asked the Union Government to file its detailed response in the case by September 5.
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New Delhi, Aug 30: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Central Government for not furnishing the details before it of MLAs and MPs who have criminal records against them.

Hearing the case pertaining to setting up of new fast-track courts to expedite criminal case trials against parliamentarians and legislators, the apex court has asked the Union Government to file its detailed response in the case by September 5.

A petition had been moved in the Supreme Court seeking its direction to establish special courts to expeditiously try criminal cases registered against MPs and MLAs.

In December 2017, a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi had directed the Centre to set up 12 special courts, which were asked to exclusively deal with the trial of cases involving Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from March 1 this year.

On August 21, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to inform it about how many special courts have been set up to exclusively deal with cases involving politicians after its order last year.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked the Centre to inform the court whether these special courts were courts of sessions or magisterial courts and also provide details of their territorial jurisdiction.

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