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Set up special courts to try tainted politicians, Supreme Court tells Government

New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Government on Wednesday to set up special courts to exclusively try lawmakers and decide the cases expeditiously within a year, in an attempt to put an end to the inordinate delay in the prosecution of politicians.

On a day when the Election Commission, for the first time, called for debarring convicted MPs and MLAs from contesting polls for life, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha asked the government to urgently set up special courts to ensure that trials of lawmakers are completed within a year as laid down by the apex court in 2015.

The bench said 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.

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