Supreme Court sets 1 year deadline for trial of lawmakers

New Delhi, March 10:The Supreme Court on Monday directed that the trial in all the criminal offences involving sitting members of Parliament and legislatures should be concluded within one year by holding it on a day to day basis.

The apex court bench headed by Justice R M Lodha said the offences for which trial has to conclude within one year are those mentioned under Sections 8 (1), 8 (2) and 8 (3) of the Representation of People Act.

The court said in the cases where the trial could not be concluded due to special, extraordinary circumstances, it will be communicated to the chief justice of the high court concerned with reasons. The chief justice in turn will issue appropriate directions, extending time.

The court direction came on a petition by Public Interest Foundation which sought to decriminalise the electoral politics in the country.

The apex court further added that the trial judge will have to explain to the Chief Justice of High Court if he fails to complete trial within a year of framing of charges.

OneIndia News

(With IANS inputs)

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