Amicus Curiae told to the Apex court that more than 4 thousand cases are pending against the MPs and MLAs across India
Apex court was informed by the Amicus Curiae Senior Advocate Vijay Hansari that a total of 4,442 cases are pending against Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies across India out of which 2,556 sitting legislators are yet to face trial.
Report was filed by Amicus curiae in front of Apex Court through Advocate Sneha Kalita is in pursuance to the directions issued by the Supreme Court in the PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and he demands the speedy disposal of criminal cases against former and present MPs and MLAs. High Courts across the country had been directed to compile a list of criminal cases against former and present legislators.
There are total 4,442 cases pending against MPs, MLAs in different courts including Special Courts for MPs and MLAs. In 2556 cases sitting legislators are accused persons. The number of legislators involved is more than total number of cases since there are more than one accused in one case, and the same legislator is an accused in more than one case.
The affidavit states that the Supreme Court by its order dated March 5, 2020, had directed that the Registrar Generals of all High Courts would have to furnish information regarding cases pending against MPs, MLAs. In terms of the said order all the High Courts have sent the information in the prescribed format.