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Centre requests Supreme Court to set a deadline for speedy trials of tainted MLAs, MPs, and former MPs

The Center informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday (September 16, 2020) that it would welcome any order for speedy trial of political leaders facing criminal charges and corruption cases. The central government said that the apex court may fix a time limit for the hearing of pending cases against legislators. 

The Center had recently informed the apex court that about 4,442 cases against sitting and former MPs and MLAs are pending in various courts of the country. On behalf of the Center, Amicus Curiae had informed the Supreme Court that there is no uniformity in setting up Special Courts for speedy trial of MPs / MLAs across the country.

Amicus Curiae suggested that the High Courts may not be directed to prepare a roadmap for early disposal of cases after more than a year for the conclusion of the trial.

In a supplementary presentation, senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who was appointed as amicus curiae by the apex court, said that the analysis of pending cases shows that there is no uniformity for MPs / MLAs to set up special courts.