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Supreme Court says trial against MPs, MLAs must be completed in a year
Trials of Indian lawmakers who are accused of serious crimes must be completed within a year, the Supreme Court has ordered today. If a trial court fails to do so, it will have to explain the reasons to the high court, the SC said.
Last year, lawmakers who are guilty of offences carrying a jail term of at least two years were barred from elections by the apex court. And, it is the second hammer stroke to sweep out corrupted and criminal politicians from the regime. It is reported that in the 543-seated lower house more than 150 MPs are charged with criminal offences. It is not a good sign for democracy. Research figures show that 15 MPs face at least one murder charge.

The Association for Democratic Reforms election watch dog says across the country there are 1,460 serving lawmakers facing criminal charges, reported by the BBC news India. Such an order by the top court one month before the forthcoming elections is no doubt a leg-tie for political parties.

When we spoke to Mohan Jena, an MP from Odisha's Biju Janta Dal (BJD) regarding the order, he said, "It is the most welcomed decision by the SC. Politicians charged with criminal offences must be expelled from the politics and punished if they are really accused. I honour and welcome the order."

It will surely affect the candidate selection process of parties and many like Lalu Prasad Yadav may loose tickets.

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