In a major move, the Supreme Court said that special courts will be set up in all districts in Bihar and Kerala to try pending criminal cases against legislators and parliamentarians.
The top court also ruled that these courts will try both former and current leaders.
The decision was given by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph.
The bench also passed the directions and also sought compliance reports from the Patna High Court and the Kerala High Court by December 14.
The cases that are already with special courts should be sent back to the district courts, the Supreme Court said.
It gave the high courts the liberty of constituting as many courts as needed in the districts of these two states to try cases against the politicians.
The court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking lifetime ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases.
The petition also demanded that setting up of special courts to quickly try cases involving elected representatives.
Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is helping the court as amicus curiae along with advocate Sneha Kalita, had filed the data received from the states and the high courts and submitted it to the Supreme Court.>