NEW DELHI : The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered swift completion of trial against MPs and MLAs facing charges of corruption and serious criminal charges.
The apex court directed the trial courts to conclude trial against MPs and MLAs in such cases within one year from the framing of charges against them. If a trial court cannot complete the trial within one year, it has to explain the reasons for this to concerned chief justice of the high court, the top court said.
The apex court bench headed by Justice RM Lodha said the offences for which trial has to conclude within one year are those mentioned under the Representation of People Act. The SC order came on a PIL on decriminalization of politics.
The law commission in its report had said that disqualification after conviction and sentence of more than two years has proved ineffective because of long delay in trials.
The commission said filing of charge sheet in heinous crimes against MPs and MLAs may not be an appropriate stage to disqualify them. The law commission however, said that MPs and MLAs can be disqualified if the trial court framed charges against them.