Special Courts to Handle Criminal Cases of Indian Lawmakers

Every Indian Vote Counts
Every Indian Vote Counts

While almost all politicians in India are corrupt, they have been winning elections by dividing voters on the basis of their caste, creed, color, and religious affiliations. Elections are also being won by bribing the voters, intimidating them, or by tampering with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

It is also observed that people who vote in Indian elections are mostly poor, uneducated, and ignorant who can easily be cheated by corrupt politicians with their ad campaigns and false promises.

As a result, illiterate politicians or those with serious criminal records (history-sheeters) get elected and behave as dictators with ordinary citizens.

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Now, the Supreme Court of India has ordered the setting up of special courts to expedite the trial of criminal cases against Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs).

The apex court also asked the Sessions Courts in the states to try on a priority basis the criminal cases pending against former and incumbent MPs and MLAs. Reports suggest that a staggering 4,122 criminal cases are pending against MPs and MLAs.

The data received from states and High Courts shows that there are 2,324 cases out of 4,122 pending against incumbent MPs and MLAs. Similarly, 1,675 cases are pending against former MPs and MLAs.

The data also reveals that in 264 cases, trial has been stayed by High Courts. Moreover, 440 cases involving life sentence are pending against sitting and former lawmakers.

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