New Delhi, Dec 19: The Congress on Tuesday opposed setting up of special courts for trying criminal leaders. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, during a debate in Rajya Sabha, said the courts should be formed for every citizen, not only for the elected representatives. The Supreme Court, in its ruling, had recently directed to form special courts to try leaders facing criminal charges and finish the hearing within a span of three years.Also Read - NEET-PG Counselling 2021: Doctors Express Concern Over Postponement, Call For Nationwide Strike From Tomorrow

Azad said the legislatures should not be singled out for special courts. Similarly, Anand Sharma said, “Government should ensure allocation of adequate funds for setting up enough number of courts so that people do not remain in prison for long periods and the trial is done.” Also Read - Will NEET Exams 2022 be Conducted Twice a Year Like CBSE? Ministry of Health to Resume Talks With Education Ministry Soon

Earlier, Supreme Court had directed the Centre to proportionally allocate Rs 7.8 crore for setting up of 12 special courts to deal with cases involving politicians. Also Read - Delhi-NCR Air Pollution: Supreme Court Re-Imposes Construction Ban, Delhi Govt to Pay Rs 5000 to Affected Workers

Centre had proposed to set up 12 special courts to decide cases involving politicians as accused. The Centre had sought more time to collect and collate data of pending cases against lawmakers across the country.

The apex court had on November 1 directed the Centre to place before it details regarding 1,581 cases involving MPs and MLAs, as declared by the politicians at the time of filing their nominations during the 2014 general elections.

It had asked the government to apprise it of how many among these 1,581 cases have been disposed of within a year and how many have ended either in conviction or acquittal.

(With inputs from agencies)