Supreme Court of India approves the Center Scheme to setup fast track courts for trail of Politicians. Under this scheme, all the MPs and MLAs will be tried for the criminal cases against them. Accordingly, this move is to ensure that the cases of various law-makers end within one year. Henceforth, central government will open 12 fast track courts for the trial of 1581 politicians.
As per the directions of Supreme Court, these special courts must start functioning from 1 March 2018. These fast track courts will hear more than 13,500 pre admitted criminal cases against MLA and MPs.
Under this scheme, 2 courts will hear the cases against 228 MPs and the remaining 10 courts will get opened in 10 states where the total number of cases against MLAs exceeds 65. Furthermore, Central government will spend Rs 7.8 crore among states where courts are to get opened for the successful implementation of this scheme.
Center Scheme for Trial of Politicians
The important features and highlights of this scheme are as follows:-
- Supreme Court bench allows the plan of the Central government to start trial of the Politicians.
- The primary objective of this scheme is to resolve the 13500 criminal cases against MPs, MLAs within 1 year.
- Subsequently, these cases are against 1581 politicians and govt. will open 12 fast track courts for the settlement of cases.
- Accordingly, these courts will get operational from 1 March 2018 and the hearing will start from 7 March 2018. For this reason, govt. will allocate Rs 7.8 crore to be spent among the states where the courts are going to setup.
- Moreover the cases against the MPs and MLAs of the state where special courts are not going to open will have to appear before the courts in the neighbouring state.
- Furthermore, Supreme Court also give directions to collect the data on the pending cases against politicians within 2 months. This will help in deciding whether the number of courts are to be increased or not.
List of States under Center Scheme
Central Government will open 12 special courts out of which 2 special courts will handle the pending cases against 228 MPs. Moreover, the remaining 10 courts are going to open in the following states:-
|Andhra Pradesh||Bihar||Karnataka||Madhya Pradesh||Kerala|
|Maharashtra||Tamil Nadu||Telangana||Uttar Pradesh||West Bengal|
In all these states the number of cases are more than 65 against the politicians.
Implementation of Center Scheme
A bench of the Supreme Court judges consisting of Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha admits that these number of special courts are not enough to resolve the criminal cases in 1 year. However, this is the initial step of the Supreme Court towards settlement of pending cases against the law makers. Moreover after the collection of the data of criminal cases, SC will decide that how much more number of special courts are required.
This is the beginning of the process of opening special courts. Accordingly, 12 courts will not be able to resolve all the 13,500 cases in a single year. This Center Scheme is an initial tentative measure which will get modified in the upcoming years.