12 special courts plannedf for cases against politicians

The Union Government has told Supreme Court that its ready to set up 12 special courts for one year to deal with 1571 criminal cases against MPs and MLAs in the country.

The scheme will allow setting up of 12 courts for a period of one year at an expenditure of RS 7.80 crore.

The apex court had said on November 2 that criminalization of politics can be solved by setting up special courts under a central scheme on the lines of fast track courts. The apex court passed the order on a PIL filed by a Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.

184 Lok Sabha and 44 Rajya Sabha MPs face criminal charges. From State assemblies, Maharashtra leads the chart with 160 lawmakers. Karnataka has 73 legislators with criminal cases.

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