Special Benches to hear cases against legislators

  Sep 24, 2020

Special Benches to hear cases against legislators


The Supreme Court has asked the Chief Justices of High Courts to head Special Benches and immediately hear long-pending criminal cases against sitting and former legislators.

Over 4,400 criminal trials have been held up, some for decades, because the powerful MPs and MLAs had approached the High Courts and got an interim stay. Some date back nearly 40 years. Most are stuck at the stage of framing of criminal charges. There are over 2,500 criminal cases against sitting legislators alone.

The Supreme Court asked the Chief Justices to list such cases immediately before their own respective Special Benches and review if the stay on the criminal trial needs to continue at all.

While the directions may have far-reaching consequences for curbing criminalization of politics, yet still a lot has to be done to make a cleaner electoral process in India.

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