A Special Court to hear pending cases against MPs, MLAs was inaugurated in Chennai on Thursday.
The court was set up after the State government issued a Government Order earlier this month in compliance of the Supreme Court’s order dated 1 November 2017, which said 12 fast track courts should be set up in different States to try criminal cases against the lawmakers.
The special court in Chennai will be directly monitored by the Supreme Court and will be used to dispose of criminal cases against lawmakers.
According to the GO (dated September 6, 2018), the Central Government, in compliance of the Supreme Court’s order dated November 1, 2017, placed a scheme before the court to set up 12 fast track courts in different states to try criminal cases against the MPs and MLAs. Of the 12 courts, one court has been approved for Tamil Nadu.
“Pursuant to the aforesaid orders…the Government of Tamil Nadu, in consultation with the High Court of Madras hereby establishes a special court at Chennai having jurisdiction over the entire state of Tamil Nadu, to try criminal cases involving elected Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu,” said the order.
The special court in each State would have jurisdiction over the entire State while the two in Delhi would cover cases within the precincts of Delhi or “partly Delhi”.
The Supreme Court had on December 14, 2017 ordered that special courts be set up across the country to fast-track the long-pending trials of lawmakers. These courts would devote themselves for the purpose.