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Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution | Topic: Electoral Reforms in India

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that 12 special courts have been set up across 11 States exclusively to try sitting MPs and MLAs.

Delhi has two such courts, while Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have one each. Six are sessions courts and five are magisterial courts. “The class of court in Tamil Nadu is not indicated,” the Centre’s affidavit said.

The special court in each State would have jurisdiction over the entire State, while the two in Delhi would cover cases within the precincts of Delhi or “partly Delhi”.

The Supreme Court had on December 14, 2017 ordered that special courts be set up across the country to fast-track the long-pending trials of lawmakers. These courts would devote themselves for the purpose.

The Centre said 1,233 cases had been transferred, 136 disposed of and 1,097 cases were pending in these special courts.

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