Special courts will be set up in all districts in Bihar and Kerala to try pending criminal cases against legislators and parliamentarians, the Supreme Court said today. These courts will try both former and current leaders.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the directions and also sought compliance reports from the Patna High Court and the Kerala High Court by December 14.
The cases that are already with special courts should be sent back to the district courts, the Supreme Court said. It gave the high courts the liberty of constituting as many courts as needed in the districts of these two states to try cases against the politicians.
The top court said the special courts will take up life term cases on priority while hearing pending matters against MPs and MLAs.
The court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking lifetime ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases, besides setting up of special courts to quickly try cases involving elected representatives.