The Supreme Court has taken a first step towards decriminalization of politics today. The SC has directed Lower Courts to finish the trial process in cases involving MPs or MLAs within a year. These faster expedition should happen with those cases mentioned under sections 8(1), 8(2), 8(3) of Public representation, the Bench has elaborated.
The bench headed by RM Lodha was responding to a PIL filed by NGO Public Interest Foundation asking the apex court to give directions on situations leading to continuation of politicians in posts due to delay in cases pending against them.
The NGO has pointed out that even those political leaders who are accused of heinous crimes are continuing in crucial posts which are of great material importance for the development of society citing delay in cases pending against them. Such persons are making a mockery of the public representation and also of the country’s legal system, felt the NGO.
Any delay in completion of trial will have to be approved by the concerned High Court under the new ruling.