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Powers of Spl Metropolitan Magistrates revoked in Delhi

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 20:14

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has revoked the powers of 46 special metropolitan magistrates of the national capital who used to hear traffic rule violation cases.
The Court dispensed with the services of the special
magistrates who were earlier appointed for one year to handle
traffic rule violation cases by disposing off the challans
issued by Delhi police against the offenders.

"The Chief Justice and Judges of the High Court have
been pleased to revoke powers of Metropolitan Magistrates
under the CrPC upon the Special Metropolitan Magistartes on
expiry of their term on July 31, 2009," an order issued by the
office of Registrar of the High Court, said.

On the request of the state or central governments,
the High Courts are empowered under the Criminal Procedure
Code to appoint Special MMs to deal with a particular class of

In an effort to lessen the burden of regular courts,
the High Court had earlier appointed these Special MMs to deal
with traffic rule violation cases which, besides the cheque
bounce matters, constitute a major portion of pendening cases.

Now regular courts headed by Metropolitan Magistrates
would hear such cases, sources said.

Over 3,500 cases under the Motor Vehicle Act were
pending in the courts of Special Metropolitan Magistrate till
February this year, according to an official data.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 20:14
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