SC For More Courts To Try MPs, MLAs

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NEW DELHI — To ensure effective trial of pending criminal cases involving former and sitting lawmakers in Bihar and Kerala, the Supreme Court Tuesday directed setting up of special designated courts in each district of these two States to try such cases.

Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter, said there were 4,122 criminal cases pending, some for over three decades, against present and former Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies.

The top court fixed the sequence for cases to be tried in these courts and said cases against sitting or former MPs or MLAs involving offences punishable with life imprisonment or death sentence, shall be taken as a first priority.

A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K. M. Joseph said creating designated courts in each districts would be a more effective step than concentrating all such cases in one special court.

J&K Fined Rs One Lakh  

The Supreme Court on Tuesday slapped a fine on five states and Delhi, saying they were “not taking seriously” the matter related to implementation of the mid-day meal scheme in schools.

The Apex Court directed states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir to pay Rs one lakh each as costs for their failure to create an online link along with a chart meant for monitoring the implementation and hygiene of mid-day meal scheme in Government-run schools.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, directed that the costs be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee within four weeks.

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