One-year deadline for trial will prevent motive for vendetta: BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices on a PIL seeking a life time ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases.

Published: 05th December 2018 05:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2018 05:55 AM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court

Supreme Court (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices on a PIL seeking a life time ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases. Speaking to Kanu Sarda, the petitioner, lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay explains the way ahead.    

As we have seen cases taking prolonged periods to reach their logical conclusion, what is the way ahead to tide over the issue?
Tuesday’s apex court order is a welcome and timely move as this is the only solution Indian judiciary can offer at this time. Extending the jurisdiction of sessions and magisterial courts for hearing cases of MP/MLAs is a step which has been taken in the right direction.

SC wanted the number of courts to prosecute politicians to be increased. What was the need?
There are several practical problems in the way the cases were dealt with presently. For instance, in Delhi which is spread over a relatively small area, people could easily reach courts to record and submit evidences but in places like UP, the distance is a deterrent.

What to do you think is the solution to this problem?
To wind up cases, every district should have one special designated court to try legislators. Such cases must be dealt with a strict no-adjournments policy and day-to-day hearings should take place. This will help trials in such cases to finish up in a year’s time. 

Will present vacancies in our judicial system act as a hindrance in speeding up of such cases?
Judicial reform is a long-pending demand but today’s order of having special designated courts is a welcome move. The next move is to fix a minimum qualification standard for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and Assembly elections

Decriminalisation of politics has a major possible issue of political vendetta. How will the special courts deal with this?
The SC’s timeline of one year in such cases will itself act as a deterrent for politicians to pursue a vendetta. Instead of being entangled in legal tangles, the politicians themselves would want to come out clean at the earliest.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp