As per statistical data compiled by the Central Government, the rate of conviction among the MPs and MLAs fighting criminal cases, tried in special courts, is as low as 6.35%. The same was revealed before a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi after a PIL was filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay. Going about the data in a state-wise comparative manner, Odisha emerges as the winner, seeing 10 MLA convictions from March till date. It is followed by Kerala, which witnessed 8 convictions, but 173 acquittals at the same time out of 147 cases in special courts. The data also revealed that Bihar is the state having the maximum number of pending criminal cases against MPs and MLAs with 48 acquittals.
Not only Bihar, states like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh too experienced a high number of acquittals i.e. 29, 68 and 28 respectively. Even Gujarat saw 42 acquittals. In entirety, out of a whopping 598 cases, only 38 could result in convictions with 560 concluding as acquittals. The numbers are being looked upon as worrisome. The Bench has decided to monitor the progress of the trials involving MPs and MLAs and ask the concerned courts to account for the same in form of periodical reports. Further, the Chief Secretaries and Registrar Generals of defaulting Sates have been directed to produce statistical data with regards to the pendency of cases. They have also been directed to keep track of the satus of those cases and inform about the requirement of addtitional courts for the purpose of fast-track trials against MPs and MLAs concerned.
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