Lower courts will have to give explanation to the Chief Justice of the respective High Court if the trial is not completed within a year
The Supreme Court on Monday set a deadline for lower courts to complete trial in cases involving lawmakers within a year of framing of charges. This would expedite proceedings against sitting members of Parliament (MPs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) in criminal cases.
A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha also said that trial courts will have to give explanation to the Chief Justice of the respective High Court if the trial is not completed within a year.
The bench, however, said the period can be extended by the Chief Justice of the High Court if he is satisfied with the reason given by trial judge for not completing the trial within this period.
It said all such proceedings involving lawmakers must be conducted on a day-to-day basis in order to expedite the trial
As the trial is kept pending for years, lawmakers continue to enjoy membership of the legislative body despite being charged in a heinous offence, the court noted.
The court passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Public Interest Foundation, seeking its direction for expeditious trial in cases involving lawmakers.
The NGO contended that MPs and MLAs continue to be Members of Parliament and Assembly for a long time due to delay in proceedings.
During the conversation, Kejriwal is seen asking the TV anchor to give emphasis on certain segments of the interview
A video showing Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal asking a TV news anchor to emphasise certain sections of his interview went viral on YouTube on Sunday night.
The video, which is over a minute long, shows Kejriwal and the news anchor in a conversation after the interview.
During the conversation, Kejriwal is seen asking the TV anchor to give emphasis on certain segments of the interview.
“Please play it up more,” Kejriwal said in the video.
To this, the television anchor was seen saying: “Yes, we will play it up. The Bhagat Singh (comment) is good. We will get a lot of reaction to this.”
The interview was apparently given by Kejriwal after he resigned as Delhi Chief Minister.
Incidentally, the video was made public on the day when Kejriwal criticised the media and accused a certain section of being biased against him.
According to SIAM, during February vehicle sales across categories increased almost 5% to 15.24 lakh units, mainly on good performance from bikes and marginal increase in car sales
Domestic passenger car sales increased 1.39% to 1.61 lakh units in February from 1.59 lakh units in the year-ago period. According to data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), during February, motorcycle sales increased 5.39% to 8.43 lakh units from 8.0 lakh units a year earlier.
The total two-wheeler sales in February rose 9.69% to 12.2 lakh units.
Sales of commercial vehicles were down 29.84% at 47,982 units in February, SIAM said.
Vehicle sales across categories registered an increase of 4.99% to 15.24 lakh units from 14.51 lakh units in February 2013, it added.