Hasten MP, MLAs' criminal trials, says Supreme Court

Can hold national and state elections together from September 2018 Election Commission

The next date of hearing has been fixed as December 13, by the Supreme Court.

A life ban on convicted MPs and MLAs was sought by the Election Commission of India, from contesting elections.

She also favoured special courts to fast track pending criminal cases.

Two PILs, one by NGO Lok Prahari and another by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, have demanded a life-time ban on convicted politicians, implementation of earlier court orders that mandated timebound disposal of such cases, and automatic disqualification of convicted lawmakers.

The bench directed the Centre to also show the developments and procedure in establishing special courts and also indicate the amount of funds that could be earmarked for the objective.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought to know how "effectively" its direction that trials in all criminal offences involving sitting members of Parliament and State legislatures should be concluded within an year by holding it on a day to day basis has been implemented.

According to the declarations made by candidates who filed nomination papers for the 2014 elections, there were 1,581 lawmakers who were facing criminal cases.

New great ape species found in Indonesia
Nowak, a preservation scholar with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, an association engaged with the examination. It combined new genome sequencing of 37 orangutans with previous study results that also showed three lineages.

In what could one of the game-changing reform in the Indian electoral system, the Election Commission of India has raised its voice for the lifetime ban on convicted MPs, MLAs from contesting elections.

There are also five MLAs who have declared murder cases against them, and another 11 with cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act. SC wants to ensure that the corrupt politicians should not succeed in prolonging the trial by using their offices.

The Centre, in its affidavit, had said the prayer sought by the petitioner seeking life-time bar on convicted lawmakers was not maintainable and the plea should be dismissed.

Senior counsel Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the EC, said the Commission supported the petitioner to the extent that there should be de-criminalisation of politics.

The Central government through Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni submitted that the Union Government would not be averse to setting up of Special Courts to try criminal cases/offences involving political persons for expeditious disposal of the same.

Directing that the scheme for such special courts be placed before it on the next date of hearing, the court said that this would would include the appointment of Judicial Officers, Public Prosecutors, court staff and other such requirement of manpower and infrastructure at the expense of the central government.

Related News:

  • Southgate names uncapped trio in England squad

    Southgate names uncapped trio in England squad

    England host world champions Germany on Friday 10 November and Brazil four days later in their final internationals of the year. The Liverpool duo of Sturridge and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been left out, as has Manchester United centre-back Smalling.
    Low supplies, refinery work bumping up local gas prices

    Low supplies, refinery work bumping up local gas prices

    GasBuddy estimates prices could soon rise to $2.99/gallon in MI , $2.95/gallon in IN, and $2.89/gallon in OH and Kentucky. GasBuddy estimates gas prices could soon rise to $2.99 in MI , $2.95 in IN and $2.89 in OH and Kentucky.

    Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components

    If Qualcomm loses that business, it would cut the company's revenue by about 7.5 percent, Raymond James & Associates estimates. Apple copied an Intel engineer in the email for information, Qualcomm alleged.
  • South Jersey hospitals rake in top grades in new health care report

    South Jersey hospitals rake in top grades in new health care report

    Joseph Regional Health Network in Berks County and Mercy Health System-Nazereth Hospital in Northampton County. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
    Carragher: Dyche can not  turn down Everton

    Carragher: Dyche can not turn down Everton

    It has also been claimed that the latest talk of Everton making an imminent move for Dyche has not emanated from Merseyside. Realistically, Dyche is not going to be handed a top-six job so the opportunity to manage Everton can not be turned down.
    Majority Of Americans Say Country's Hit Rock-Bottom

    Majority Of Americans Say Country's Hit Rock-Bottom

    And for the decade that the survey on over 3,400 participants has been conducted, women have been more stressed in general. Money and career woes can be triggers for anxiety, but there's one topic Americans are stressed about the most.
  • Minister Fifield confirms he knew of Parry's dual citizenship doubts

    Minister Fifield confirms he knew of Parry's dual citizenship doubts

    It's understood Mr Parry has been unhappy with reports that he failed to disclose his citizenship issues earlier. Parry says the court's decision made it clear he will have to resign if his dual nationality is confirmed.

    New Zealand ranks among top ten nations on gender equality

    The U.S. saw its ranking drop from 45th last year to 49th this year, mostly due to a lack of women in U.S. politics. According to the report, no country has achieved gender parity when it comes to economic opportunities and work.
    Mark Zuckerberg Promises Radical Ad Transparency as Facebook Profit Rockets

    Mark Zuckerberg Promises Radical Ad Transparency as Facebook Profit Rockets

    He went on to stress that protecting Facebook's community was "more important" than boosting profit. Facebook on Wednesday announced its Q3 2017 earnings and continued its streak of beating estimates.
  • NAB announces 6000 jobs to be cut amid $5.3 billion profit

    It settled a case with Australia's corporate regulator last week over possible fixing of the country's benchmark interest rate. NAB shares were down 3 percent in early trading on Thursday in a flat market.

    AAP needs Lt Governor's nod to govern capital: SC

    It had observed that not every dispute between the Centre and a State government could be classified as a "federal dispute". The bench reiterated that the Delhi government can take decisions on subjects other than "public order, police and land".
    REBElLLION & SEDITION CHARGES: Catalonia leader, 4 others, ignore court order

    REBElLLION & SEDITION CHARGES: Catalonia leader, 4 others, ignore court order

    The cause was to raise charges against them for incitement to a rebellion, they could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison. They were ordered to appear in Madrid's Audiencia National (high court) on Thursday morning for questioning.


Most liked

Gaming firm Razer unveils powerful smartphone loaded with premium features
The new Razer Phone is very different, resembling last year's crowdfunded Nextbit Robin more than any phone from the big guys. For those who like Razer's traditional luminescent colours, there will be a Limited Edition model with a bright green logo.

Whole Foods Market to add 6000 workers during hiring event
Full, part-time, seasonal and permanent positions are being offered to interested applicants at all of their US locations. People interested in applying do not need to bring resumes or apply online beforehand, but they are encouraged to do so.

Red Devils Unite: Manchester United may progress in Champions League
They displayed a better game this time around, even forcing United goalkeeper, David de Gea to make two saves in each half. Wolverhampton Wanderers were reportedly in talks with Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay in the summer.

Thornton Police have Walmart shooting suspect in custody
The man who Thornton police say allegedly opened fire on a group of people at a busy Walmart Wednesday evening is now in custody. Forty-eight witnesses were taken from the Walmart to a nearby police building where they were questioned and released.

Conor McGregor Vs Tony Ferguson | Strengths & Weaknesses
McGregor and Duffy went on with their careers with McGregor shooting to superstardom and Duffy also making his way to the UFC . But, for now, it appears that McGregor has his sights set on Ferguson.

Investigators probe NY suspect's communications as Trump weighs in
Trump pointed to Saipov's apparent glibness from his hospital bed and his request to hang the ISIS flag in his hospital room . President Trump tweeted late Wednesday that New York City terror attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY ".

Cosmic-ray imaging reveals mysterious 'void' in Great Pyramid of Giza
Last year, the team found a smaller void on the North Face of the pyramid using a new technique called Muography. Muon particles originate from interactions between cosmic rays from space and atoms of Earth's upper atmosphere.

Term becomes word of year
As defined by Collins, "fake news" means " false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting ". The ultimate "Word of the Year", according to Collins, is "fake news", a phrase regularly deployed by Donald Trump .

Southgate selects "very good" Joe Gomez in England squad
Danny Rose rejoins the England squad for the first time after recovering from a long-term knee injury, while young midfielder Harry Winks gets his second call-up.

Second Man Claims Alleged Extended Relationship with Kevin Spacey at Age 14
The accuser said he met with Spacey three or four more times, during which there were "proclamations that we loved each other". After Spacey's insensitive apology , Montana , Cavazos, 35, and others came forward to accuse the star of sexual misconduct .

Jeremy Piven pulled from 'The Late Show' after groping allegation
The backlash this woman received was horrendous. 'And whether or not her accusations are true, the TRUTH is I know you. Jeremy Piven is seen on the L.A. set of Wisdom of the Crowd on November 1.

Oreo Android 8.0 Beta will soon be available for Samsung gadgets
If you are interested in participating in this beta program, you can do so by downloading the Samsung+ app to your phone. Samsung Experience used to be called TouchWiz and is essentially the company's own UI that runs over the top of Android.

Fire extinguishers may fail to activate, 1 fatality reported
The federal government is launching a massive fire extinguisher recall, covering almost 38 million Kidde extinguishers. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the CPSC said .

Brazile Alleges Clinton Rigged Democratic Primary
This agreement was between Hillary For America , the campaign arm, a separate entity, Hillary Victory Fund , and the DNC. But the agreement was apparently signed in August 2015, nearly a year before Clinton clinched the nomination.

Horse race bet with William Hill
How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.