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4,984 criminal cases pending trial against MPs/MLAs; increase in 862 cases since 2018: Amicus to Supreme Court

The Amicus has, therefore, sought the following directions from the Court:

– The Courts dealing with cases against MPs/MLAs will exclusively try these cases. Other cases would be taken up only after trials of such cases are over. The trial would be conducted on a day-to-day basis in terms of Section 309 CrPC. Necessary allocation of work would be made by the High Court and/or the Principal Sessions Judges of every district within two weeks;

– Both the prosecution and defence shall cooperate with the trial of the case and no adjournment shall be granted. In case the public prosecutor and/or the prosecution fail to co-operate in the expeditious trial, the matter shall be reported to the Chief Secretary of the State who will take necessary remedial measures. In case the accused delays the trial, his bail shall be cancelled;

– The trial court shall send a report on each of the cases where trial has been pending for more than five years before the respective High Courts, as to the reasons for delay and suggest remedial measures. The High Court shall consider these reports on the judicial side in the suo motu writ petitions registered in terms of para 18 of the order dated September 16, 2020 and pass appropriate orders to remove the stagnation of trial;

– The Central government will provide funds for ensuring smooth functioning of courts through virtual mode i.e. by facilitating availability of video conference facilities. The High Courts shall submit a proposal to the Law Secretary of the Government of India in this regard as to the funds required, which shall be made available by the Central government within two weeks of the proposal. The funds so released by the Central government will be subject to final adjustment with the State government as per sharing pattern;

– A Monitoring Committee may be constituted, headed by a former Judge of the Supreme Court or Chief Justice of a High Court to monitor the investigation of cases pending before the Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation and National Investigation Agency in terms of the submission recorded in the order dated August 25, 2021;

– The trial courts may be directed to pass a specific order in all pending cases in which the benefit of the Witness Protection Scheme 2018 has been made available to the witnesses, in terms of the order dated November 4, 2020.

Source: Barandbench

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