Set up 22 graft courts in 8 weeks: SC to govt
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The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Centre to set up within eight weeks 22 additional CBI courts for trying corruption cases. It also asked the government to provide adequate infrastructure for their functioning, besides appointing required number of prosecutors to lead the trials.
"Under such circumstances, we deem it fit to direct the government of India to set up 22 special courts with adequate infrastructure and manpower with corresponding public prosecutors within eight weeks," a Bench led by Justice G S Singhvi said in its order.
The Bench expressed its displeasure over failure by the authorities to make such courts operational in a time-bound manner and asserted that the directive was being passed only because they did not take requisite steps.
At the last hearing on December 13, the Centre had told the Bench that action for creation of 22 additional courts along with additional posts of public prosecutors and supporting staff has been initiated and notifications for creating these courts are likely to be issued within four weeks.
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