Prioritise MP and MLA criminal cases: Delhi High Court | India News

NEW DELHI: Delhi HC has asked its judges to prioritise hearing of all criminal cases, appeals and revisions concerning MPs and MLAs so that the cases can be decided expeditiously and effectively.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora passed the order while dealing with a suo motu PIL to monitor cases pending against MPs and MLAs in trial courts as well as the high court.The matter will be heard on May 20.
The court also asked its registry to reallocate or redistribute cases pending before a single judge of the court in which an order of stay of trial has been passed and the stay is continuing for more than six months. There are 34 such cases.
This is to ensure that the “stay applications are disposed of in the subject cases expeditiously and trial of such cases can conclude before the designated special courts,” the court said in its order.
Further, directing the registry to circulate the judgment among judges of the high court, the bench said, “In line with the directives passed by Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in WP(C) No 699 of 2016 titled as Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay vs. Union of India & Anr, we direct the registry of this court to circulate this order among brother and sister judges assigned with such cases so that priority is given to all criminal cases/appeals/revisions pending before them against members of Parliament and legislative assemblies as it is essential for expeditious and effective disposal of such cases.”
With respect to cases pending before district courts, the high court directed special MP/MLA courts to first give priority to those cases against legislators which are punishable by death or life imprisonment, subsequently to cases punishable with imprisonment for five years or more and then hear other cases. “We also request all the judges to refrain from adjourning the subject cases except for rare and compelling reasons,” said the order.

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