New Delhi: The Supreme Court was on Tuesday informed that there were 4,122 criminal cases pending, some for over three decades, against present and former members of Parliament and legislative assemblies. Also Read - Farm Bills Row: Will Consider Revoking Suspension Only After MPs Apologise, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will on Tuesday take up the issue relating to the criminal cases against the present and former legislators on a Public Interest Litigation. Also Read - 17 Lok Sabha & 9 Rajya Sabha MPs Test Positive For Covid-19 As Parliament Monsoon Session Begins
The apex court had sought detailed data on the pending criminal cases against the present and former legislators from the state and various high courts so as to enable the setting up of adequate number of special courts for expedited trial in these cases. Also Read - COVID-19 Effect: In a First, Lok Sabha MPs to Mark Attendance Through Mobile App
Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria who is assisting the court as amicus curiae in the matter along with advocate Sneha Kalita filed the data received from states and high courts and submitted it to the apex court.
The data compiled stated that in 264 cases, trial has been stayed by high courts. Further, the report said in several cases which have been pending since 1991, charges have not yet been framed.
The court will hear the PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Aswhini Upadhyay seeking a life time ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides setting up of special courts to expeditiously try such cases involving elected representatives.
In December 2017, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that it will set up special courts for expeditious disposal of criminal cases pending against MPs and MLAs. The Centre also told the apex court that it has framed a scheme for speedy trial against MPs and MLAs.