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The Supreme Court was on Tuesday informed that there were about 4,122 criminal cases pending, some for more than three decades, against former and present members of Parliament and legislative assemblies.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take up the issue on Tuesday relating to the criminal lawsuits against the former and present legislators on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
The top court had sought detailed data on the pending criminal cases against the present and former legislators from the State and various high courts so as to enable the setting up of a decent number of special courts for expedited trial in these cases.
Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria who is assisting the court as amicus curiae in the matter together with advocate Sneha Kalita filed the data received from States and high courts and submitted it to the top court.
The data put together stated that in 264 cases, the trial has been stayed by high courts. Further, the report said in several cases which have been pending since 1991, charges have not yet been framed.
The court will hear the PIL (Public interest litigation) filed by lawyer and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Aswhini Upadhyay seeking a lifetime ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides setting up of special courts to with speed and efficiency try such cases involving elected representatives.