Powers of Spl Metropolitan Magistrates revoked in Delhi

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 cases.

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