September 13, 2017: The Supreme Court has asked the government to consider legislating on setting up of new fast-track courts to expedite criminal case trials against parliamentarians and legislators. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer said, Parliament had the competence to come up with a law and create necessary infrastructure for setting up of such courts for speedy disposal of cases against lawmakers.
The court’s remarks came on a plea filed by an NGO for creating a permanent mechanism to investigate candidates whose assets have grown disproportionately during their tenure as MLAs or MPs.
Attorney General KK Venugopal agreed that fast-track courts were the need of the hour and said that some such courts have in the past done an excellent job.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes had, on Monday, told the apex court that there has been a substantial hike in the assets of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs across the country and discrepancies have been found.
The court said it had perused the names of these politicians and will examine the issue.