SC To Chief Secretaries & Registrar Generals : Provide Info On Special Courts For Legislators Or Be Held Personally Liable

The Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph noted that 11 States/UT  still not responded to its demand for details of pending cases which need to be tried by such Special Court. 

Supreme Court on Wednesday warned the Chief Secretaries and Registrar Generals of such States/UTs and high courts that they would be held personally liable if the information related to establishment of   Special Courts for trying cases involving legislators is not provided within four weeks. 

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The States/ UT’s named by the court are: Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, and Lakshadweep. The list also included three high courts: High Courts of Karnataka, Kerala and Tripura. 

The Supreme Court directions were issued during the hearing of a petition filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who has sought setting up of Special Courts to exclusively try legislators with criminal cases pending against them.

Source: LiveLaw 

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