SC seeks full info from states, HCs on status of cases pending against politicians

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked 25 states and union territories and the high courts to place before it “full and complete updated information” about the status of cases pending against MPs and MLAs.

The Apex Court also asked these states, union territories (UTs) and registrars general of all high courts to place before it the “precise number” of cases which are currently pending and are required to be transferred to the special courts, set up to deal exclusively with cases involving MPs and MLAs.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha noted that 12 special courts have already been set up in 11 states and said the information should be placed before it by October 10, the next date of hearing.

The bench noted in its order that 25 states and UTs, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Punjab and Chandigarh, have not furnished any information in pursuance to the orders passed by the court on November 1 last year and August 21 this year. (AGENCIES)