Special courts for trying lawmakers to cost Rs 8 cr yearly

NEW DELHI: It will cost the government nearly Rs 8 crore annually to run 12 special courts to try the over 1,500 cases related to lawmakers, the law ministry has informed the Cabinet secretariat.
The proportion of the amount for the states, where the 12 special courts will come up, is being worked out.
“An estimated expenditure of Rs 7.8 crore to make 12 courts operational for one year has been prepared. The proportionate allocation to the states where such courts would be set up is being worked out,” Secretary (Justice) in the law ministry wrote to Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha earlier this month.
Last November, the Supreme Court had directed the government to come up with a scheme to set up 12 special courts to try 1,581 criminal cases pending against elected MPs and MLAs.