35 sitting and ex-legislators in Punjab face legal circumstances, SC instructed

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9

Thirty 5 sitting and former MPs and MLAs in Punjab are dealing with legal circumstances, the Supreme Court has been knowledgeable.

“There are 35 cases (in Punjab), out of which in 21 cases sitting MPs/MLAs are accused,” senior advocate and Amicus Curiae Vijay Hansaria instructed the highest courtroom in an affidavit filed in response to a PIL in opposition to criminalisation of politics.

The listing included one case every regarding homicide and medicines, the affidavit mentioned, including the proceedings in these circumstances had been stayed by the Supreme Court.

One of the circumstances associated to a 1983 incident was punishable with life imprisonment during which expenses had been framed in 2019 after 36 years, it said.

Haryana has a complete of 42 lawmakers – 11 sitting and 31 former MPs and MLAs – who’re dealing with legal circumstances whereas the quantity stood at 48 in Himachal Pradesh the place 35 of them had been sitting MPs/MLAs.

The three union territories within the northern area – Chandigarh (1 MP), Jammu & Kashmir (1 MP) and Ladakh (6 former MLAs) additionally figured within the listing.

In all there have been 4,442 circumstances pending in opposition to MPs/MLAs (sitting and former) in numerous courts, together with Special Courts arrange for MPs and MLAs, it mentioned.

“In 2,556 cases, sitting legislators are accused persons. The number of legislators involved is more than total number of cases since there are more than one accused in one case, and the same legislator is an accused in more than one case. There are 413 cases in respect of offences, which are punishable with imprisonment for life, out of which in 174 cases sitting MPs/MLAs are accused,” the affidavit said.

The Supreme Court had on March 5 directed High Courts to furnish data relating to pending circumstances of MPs and MLAs in a prescribed format to Amicus Curiae who was requested to compile it and make submissions for expeditious disposal of those circumstances.

Trial of 352 circumstances had been stayed by High Court and the Supreme Court whereas numerous circumstances had been pending at look stage and even non bailable warrants issued in opposition to the accused had not been executed, it identified.

The Supreme Court had in 2015 directed that the trial in circumstances in opposition to sitting and ex-lawmakers ought to be performed each day and concluded in a single yr from the date of the framing of cost(s).

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