SC seeks special courts for lawmakers, politicians facing cases | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2017

SC seeks special courts for lawmakers, politicians facing cases

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to set up special courts to exclusively try lawmakers and politicians facing criminal cases so that the trial in such cases is expedited and completed in one year.
The bench of Justice RanjanGogoi and Justice NavinSinha gave the government six weeks’ time to place before it the scheme for setting up of such fast track courts and the finances that would be involved for its implementation.
The court sought the government frame a scheme for setting up of such courts exclusively to deal with criminal cases involving political persons on the lines of the Fast Track Courts which were set up for a period of five years but extended, though now the scheme stands discontinued.
The court also sought the status of the trial in 1,581 cases involving elected representatives and the outcome where the trial has concluded.
The court also asked the Election Commission to file an affidavit stating in how many cases, in exercise of its powers under Section 11 of the Representation of the People Act, 195, it has reduced the period of disqualification of a convicted lawmaker.
It gave Election Commission two weeks to file affidavit as the poll panel said that it exercised its power under this only once – way back in 1977

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