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High Court Serves Notice To Odisha Govt For Speedy Disposal Of Cases Against MPs, MLAs

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court has served notice to the State of Odisha for expeditious disposal of criminal cases pending against MPs/MLAs (sitting and former) through Special Courts.

A division bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Dr B R Sarangi while conducting a hearing on Wednesday on a suo motu writ petition registered by it pursuant to Supreme Court’s order dated September 16, 2020, in the matter pertaining to Writ Petition (Civil) No 699 of 2016 (Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay Versus Union of India & Others) regarding Special Courts for MPs/MLAs versus State of Orissa and others.

The High Court while fixing the next date of hearing in the matter for October 19 has directed the Registrar General of Orissa High Court to file an affidavit with regard to infrastructure, such as staff, building etc. provided for expeditious disposal of the criminal cases and ensure early completion of trial of such matters.

The High Court has also further directed the Registrar General to also mention particulars of cases in which proceedings have been stayed by the superior court, the High Court or the court of sessions.

The Orissa High Court in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s order dated September 16, 2020, in the Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay Versus Union of India & Others submitted an action plan for expeditious disposal of 445 numbers of cases pending against MPs/MLAs (sitting and former) in different courts of the State.

Out of the 445 cases, 77 cases are triable by Court of Sessions and 368 cases are triable by the Judicial Magistrates.

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