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Why case pending against politician for 36 yrs, asks Supreme Court

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 10

Shocked over a criminal case against a Punjab politician pending for 36 years, the Supreme Court today asked the state to explain why it had been hanging fire for such a long time.

"Why is a case regarding life imprisonment pending for 36 years?" asked a three-judge Bench led by Justice NV Ramana during hearing of a PIL against criminalisation of politics.

As the Bench took up an affidavit filed by senior advocate and Amicus Curiae Vijay Hansaria, Justice Ramana asked which was the oldest pending case. "The oldest case is from 1983... It's from Punjab," Hansaria said. "This is shocking! Who is the counsel for the state of Punjab?... No one is visible," the Bench said.

As an advocate appeared on the screen, the Bench sought to know why a case involving life imprisonment was pending for 36 years. "Are you not responsible for prosecuting criminal cases?" Justice Ramana asked.

"Yes we are, I will seek information and file a report," the lawyer said.

Thirty-five sitting and former MPs and MLAs in Punjab are facing criminal cases, Hansaria said in an affidavit filed in the court. "There are 35 cases (in Punjab), out of which in 21 cases sitting MPs/MLAs are accused," he said.



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