Four years back, when PM Modi took an oath as Prime Minister, he had then requested the Supreme Court of India to take up the cases of all accused MLAs and MPs and bring it to a logical conclusion within one year. But then the Supreme Court had said that it was difficult to solve the cases in one year and needs more time.
However, the government took the issue seriously as more than 700 MPs and MLAs had serious charges against them which were lying in court for decades. The courts had prolonged these cases either because of pressure from political parties and influence. Some of the most sensitive cases like Sunanda Pushkar murder, National Herald, CWG, coal scam are still being dragged just for the reason that the accused are top most influential people in India with political, judicial and media support.
But now, these people cannot escape from their destiny as the government as transferred all the high profiled cases of MPs and MLAs to fast track courts which is going to be concluded within 10 months. The news was conferred by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today while briefing the media on the government’s achievements in the last four years. He said 12 fast track courts have been set up in 11 states by the government on the direction of the apex court for speedy trial of cases against lawmakers. Interestingly, the Election Commission has demanded debarring convicted MPs/MLAs from contesting elections.
Earlier this year, the government had told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that 1,765 MPs and MLAs, or 36 per cent of parliamentarians and members of legislative assemblies, were facing criminal trial in 3,045 cases. The total strength of lawmakers in Parliament and assemblies is 4,896.
The government has now set up a total of 727 FTCs which includes courts to expedite trials of cases against women, SC/STs, children and senior citizens. The number of FTCs have increased from 281 during 2015 to 727 in 2018, the minister said. The FTC for MPs/MLAs are in Delhi, Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, UP, Bihar and West (Times Report).
The cases will now be heard on a daily basis without giving any unnecessary provision for adjournment. So, if convicted by the courts, the politician will no longer be allowed to contest any elections in future.
This will cleanse the entire political system and make way for honest and committed leaders with an intention to serve the country rather than looting the country in the name of service. It is definitely a welcome move and people have expressed happiness over the government’s intention to solve the case at the earliest.