The status report also states that there are pending cases registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against 121 MPs and MLAs, including former and sitting members. The Supreme Court has been giving directions from time to time on a petition filed by Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking speedy trial of cases registered against MPs and expeditious investigation by the CBI and other agencies.
Cases pending for more than 5 years are also included.
The amicus curiae in its report said that despite several directions and regular monitoring of the Supreme Court, a large number of criminal cases are pending against MPs and MLAs, many of which are pending for more than five years. The Supreme Court had earlier asked all high courts to submit details of criminal cases pending against MPs and MLAs for more than five years and steps taken for their speedy disposal.
482 cases against MPs, MLAs in Maharashtra
Earlier on Monday, it was told in the Supreme Court that there are a total of 482 cases registered against MPs and MLAs in Maharashtra. The apex court was told that out of these 482 cases, more than 169 cases are more than five years old. Maharashtra is followed by Odisha, which has 454 cases. Of these, 323 cases are more than five years old.