Bengal to have its court for trial of MLAs and MPs on March 1

Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
7 Feb 2018

On March 1 West Bengal government is going to set up the first court for the trial of MLAs and MPs from West Bengal. The court will be one of the 12 designated courts for trial of criminal cases against elected representatives that are going to be set up across the country.

The Supreme Court in an order on November 1 has directed all states to set up such courts with a view to cleansing of politics. ``The court will not be attached to any existing court building. It is going to be set up either at Rajarhat or Salt Lake. It will be chosen keeping in mind security aspects,'' one state government official told the Echo of India. When it comes into effect cases against high profile MPs like Trinamool Congress' Sudip Bandopadhyay and Tapas Paul, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury will come up for trial at this court.

At present there are 1581 cases pending against people's representatives across the country. In West Bengal,  according to Delhi based think tank Association for Democratic Reforms, there are 107 cases against MLAS and the highest number of cases, 66,  is against the ruling TMC.