Supreme court directed all the high court except Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Jharkhand and Guwahati courts to Submit reports on pending cases against Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) within two days:
Today, Supreme Court has directed the High Courts to submit reports on pending cases against Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) under special laws within two days. The court asked to submit the reports to all High Courts apart from the High Courts of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Jharkhand, and Guwahati.
The Court has considered the report submitted by amicus curiae and Senior Advocate Vijay Hansaria, which stated that around 4,442 cases are currently pending against MPs and MLAs which are sitting or retired.
The bench of Justice NV Ramana, R Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah observed that Nearly 413 of the above cases pertain to offences punishable with life imprisonment, out of which 174 cases are against sitting MPs and MLAs. He also pointed out that there were drastic delays in the disposal of the aforesaid cases. The three-judge Bench expressed shock on finding out the number of pending cases in West Bengal and Punjab since 1980.
Today, Bench issued a notice in the amended prayer and has asked the Centre to reply in six weeks.
Background of the case- The amicus curiae report filed in the Apex Court through Advocate Sneha Kalita is in pursuance to the directions issued by the Supreme Court in the PIL filed by Upadhyay seeking 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.
The court, by its order dated March 5, 2020, had directed the Registrars General of all High Courts 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.