New Delhi (Sputnik) — India may soon have special courts to hear cases of corruption involving politicians. The idea was suggested by the Supreme Court of India in accordance with a recent recommendation by the Election Commission (EC) that suggests convicted politicians to be banned for lifetime from contesting elections.
The EC’s recommendations, if implemented, would necessitate speedy trial of cases against members of the Parliament and local bodies as well as politicians seeking to contest upcoming elections as, under existing rules, an under-trial cannot be barred from contesting elections.
"Compliance with the one-year deadline had not been possible because regular courts were overburdened and it was not possible for them to fast-track cases against politicians," the Supreme Court said in its observations on Wednesday.
The special courts, if constituted, would be a serious setback to those Indian politicians who have managed to stay within the political contest despite serious charges against them because of delay in trials.
As per the undertakings filed by politicians during the general elections in the country in 2014, at least 1581 lawmakers were facing prosecution in 13500 cases in total.