The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed setting up of special courts in each district in Bihar and Kerala for the trial of pending criminal cases against present and former MPs and MLAs.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the orders and sought compliance reports from Patna and Kerala High Courts by December 14. The apex court said a number of courts could be constituted in the districts of the two States for cases against the legislators.
It also said the special courts would take up life term cases on a priority.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking life-time ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases.