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PM Modi calls for fast-tracking pending criminal cases against MPs

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 19:15

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Union Home and Law Ministry to fast-track trial in criminal cases pending against parliamentarians, reports said on Thursday.

During his election campaign, Modi had promised a zero-tolerance policy on graft if he was selected by voters.
It is believed that after getting a clear instruction from the Prime Minister, the Law Ministry in coordination with the Home Ministry has started exploring ways to expedite cases that have been lodged against politicians.

The Narendra Modi government now faces an uphill task of evolving a consensus among all political parties on the issue.

The BJP government wants that cases against politicians should not drag on beyond a certain stipulated time. Sources also say that the government wants that the act of seeking bail, adjournments etc should not be converted to be used a delaying tactic.
This Parliament has a record number of lawmakers facing criminal charges - 186 members – which amounts to 34% of the total strength of Lok Sabha, as per a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

First Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 19:09

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