Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae, has compiled the data and filed before the court. As per the data, as many as 58 of cases involve crimes punishable with life imprisonment.
“It may be noted that out of 121 cases pending trial before the special courts, as many as 58 cases are punishable with life imprisonment. In 45 cases, even the charges have not been framed, though the offences are alleged to have been committed several years back,” the report said. The oldest pending case is in Patna, where the accused was chargesheeted on June 12, 2000. The report highlighted inordinate delay in several cases pending trial before CBI courts in different parts of the country.
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As per details of the cases pending trial before different CBI courts, total number of MPs involved is 56, of which sitting MPs are 14, former MPs 37 while five have since passed away. Total number of MLAs involved includes 34 sitting, 78 former 78 and nine who have expired. According to the Enforcement Directorate’s status report, a total number of 51 MPs, both sitting and former, are accused in cases arising out of offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
“All the high courts may be directed to issue administrative instructions to the effect that the courts concerned dealing with cases investigated by CBI and Enforcement Directorate shall deal with the cases pending before MPs/MLAs on priority basis and other cases shall be dealt only after the trial in these cases are over,” said the report. The report suggested that a monitoring committee may be constituted comprising a former judge of the SC or the former Chief Justice of a HC, the director, ED (or his nominee), the director, and CBI (or his nominee), among others to be nominated by the SC to monitor those pending cases.