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Supreme Court Unhappy With Centre For Not Providing Details In Setting Up Special Courts Exclusively For Politicians

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The Supreme Court in a hearing has expressed displeasure over the Centre not furnishing details sought by it on setting up of special courts to exclusively deal with cases involving politicians, saying the government is “unprepared”.

“The government is compelling us to pass certain orders which we do not want to at this stage,” a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, adding “the Union of India is unprepared”. “The Union of India doesn’t appear to be ready and prepared,” he said.

The bench perused the additional affidavit filed by the government in which it has said that as per the apex court’s direction, they had released funds to 11 states to set up 12 such special courts.

Regarding the apex court’s query including on the number of cases pending before each of these special courts, the Centre has said the Ministry of Law and Justice was “regularly taking up the matter with the concerned authorities for furnishing the information regarding the cases transferred/disposed/pending in the said court(s)”.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on September 12. In its affidavit filed in the court, the Centre has said that two special courts were to be set up in Delhi and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

“All the state governments/High Courts have issued the notifications for setting up of special court(s) in their respective states; except for state of Tamil Nadu, wherein it has been informed that the proposal is under consideration of the High Court of Madras,” the affidavit said.

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