New Delhi, December 14: In a crackdown on tainted politicians, the Supreme Court on Thursday approved the scheme of the Central government to set up 12 special courts to hear cases pending against tainted MPs, MLAs.Also Read - 'Why Are Children Going To School And Adults Working From Home?': SC Chides Delhi Govt on Pollution

The Ministry of Law and Justice, had in an affidavit filed in pursuance of an order asking it to come up with a scheme to set up special courts to deal with cases involving lawmakers, said it has allotted Rs 7.8 crore for the purpose. Also Read - Vijay Mallya To Be Extradited Soon, Formalities in Final Stages

Seeking time to file details of cases pending against the lawmakers in trial courts and high courts across the country, the Centre had on December 12 said that information has been sought from various high courts, but their responses were still awaited. Also Read - NEET-PG Counselling 2021: Doctors Express Concern Over Postponement, Call For Nationwide Strike From Tomorrow

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 one year and how many have ended either in conviction or acquittal.

The government’s affidavit has said that the figure of 1,581 cases has been obtained from an NGO but the data as to in which courts these cases are pending is not available.

The EC had supported the plea seeking life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases and said they have already made recommendations on this to the Centre.

With inputs from PTI