The SC said that it would be difficult for it to form a uniform guideline for trial courts relating to speedy disposal of cases against MP/MLAs. It also asked high courts to set up a special bench to monitor criminal trials against lawmakers.
“Trial courts shall not adjourn the hearing of cases against lawmakers except for rare and compelling reasons. High Courts may call upon special lower courts for reports on the status of trials against lawmakers in criminal cases,” SC said.
District judges have been asked to ensure sufficient infrastructure and technological facilities for designated special courts trying lawmakers.
Further, the top court has asked High Courts to register a suo motu cases for effective monitoring and disposal of cases involving MPs/MLAs.
(More to come)