35 sitting, ex-legislators of state face criminal cases - ECAS Punjab

35 sitting, ex-legislators of state face criminal cases

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 9

Thirty-five sitting and former MPs and MLAs in Punjab are facing criminal cases, the Supreme Court has been informed.

"There are 35 such cases in Punjab. Sitting MPs/MLAs are accused in 21 of these," senior advocate and Amicus Curiae Vijay Hansaria told the top court in an affidavit filed in response to a PIL against criminalisation of politics.

The list included one case each relating to murder and drugs, the affidavit said, adding the proceedings in these cases had been stayed by the Supreme Court.

Situation elsewhere

  • In Haryana, 42 lawmakers (11 sitting and 31 former) face criminal cases
  • In HP, the number stood at 48 (35 of them sitting MPs/MLAs)
  • Chandigarh (one MP), Jammu amp; Kashmir (one MP) and Ladakh (six former MLAs) also figured on the list
  • In all, there were 4,442 cases pending against MPs/MLAs (sitting and former) in various courts

One of the cases relating to a 1983 incident was punishable with life imprisonment in which charges were framed in 2019 after 36 years, it stated.

Haryana has 42 lawmakers (11 sitting and 31 former) who are facing criminal cases, while the number stood at 48 in Himachal Pradesh where 35 of them are sitting MPs/MLAs.

The three Union Territories in the northern region — Chandigarh (one MP), Jammu amp; Kashmir (one MP) and Ladakh (six former MLAs) also figured on the list. In all, there were 4,442 cases pending against MPs/MLAs (sitting and former) in different courts, including special courts set up for MPs and MLAs, it said.

"Sitting legislators are accused in 2,556 cases. The number of legislators involved is more than the total number of cases since there are more than one accused in one case, and the same legislator is an accused in more than one case. In all, 413 cases relate to offences punishable with imprisonment for life. Sitting MPs/MLAs are accused in 174 of these cases," the affidavit stated.

The Supreme Court had on March 5 directed high courts to furnish information regarding pending cases against MPs and MLAs in a prescribed format to Amicus Curiae, who was asked to compile it and make submissions for expeditious disposal of these cases.



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