Nearly 4122 cases pending against MPs

The Supreme Court on December 4 was informed that there were as many as 4122 cases pending against present and former legislators in the country.

An SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will today take up the issue relating to the criminal cases against the present and former legislators on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria who is assisting the top court as amicus curiae in the matter along with advocate Sneha Kalita filed the data received from states and High Courts and submitted it to the top court.

A report stated that of these, 2324 cases are pending against current MPs and MLAs and delay was due to stay granted by higher courts.

Uttar Pradesh topped the list of cases with 992 pending cases against MPs and MLAs, both the former and sitting. In Karnataka, 161 cases are pending. Of these, two are against current MPs and 95 against sitting MLAs.

The amicus curiae report said these cases were pending in 440 districts out of total 724 districts.

The PIL was filed by lawyer and BJP leader Aswhini Upadhyay seeking a lifetime ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases in addition to setting up of special courts for speedy trial of cases involving elected representatives.