A whopping 165 of the 288 newly-elected legislators in Maharashtra have criminal cases against them, with 115 charged with serious offences of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women and communal disharmony, a watchdog said Tuesday.
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today sought quashing of the trial court order to lodge FIR against her in a graft case, contending in the Delhi High Court that such proceedings cannot be continued against a Governor.
Irked over the city government`s "half-hearted effort" towards setting up additional forensic laboratories to deal with evidence in criminal cases, the Delhi High Court said the authorities do not act unless there is an agitation on the streets.
A local court on Friday directed probe in a criminal defamation suit filed by suspended Gujarat IAS officer Pradeep Sharma against columnist-activist Madhu Kishwar in connection with the 2009 snooping scandal.
The Supreme Court has expressed concern over absence of a witness protection programme saying it has resulted in witnesses turning hostile "frequently" and rise in unmerited acquittals in criminal cases.
Noting an alarming increase in instances where convicts go underground after getting bail and hold the "criminal justice delivery system to ransom", the SC has said proceedings should be initiated against persons who give surety.
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday informed Independent Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani that there are 52,970 civil cases and 26,559 criminal cases pending in the Gujarat High Court as on March 31, 2012.