The Karnataka High Court has directed the administrative side of the Court to file a proposal with the State Government on establishment of one more special court for dealing with criminal cases of Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly (MPs and MLAs).
The State government, in turn, should respond to such a representation immediately, added Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice SS Magadum.
“Administrative side of the High Court is directed to file a proposal to the state government on whether a Judicial magistrate of first class or Metropolitan Magistrate can be appointed as special court for dealing with cases……If such a proposal is sent; State Govt to look into the matter immediately,” the order passed by the Court said.
The Court had recently directed the registration of a suo motu petition, in view of the directions issued by the Supreme Court urging Chief Justices of High Courts to formulate an action plan to expeditiously deal with pending cases against legislators.
“If one more court is set up, issues of cognizance of cases etc will be sorted,” the Court remarked on Friday.
The State government informed the Court on Friday that the committee for identification of suitable candidates as public prosecutors in cases against MLAs and MPs had been reconstituted and State public prosecutor has been made member of said committee.
Earlier, the Court had suggested that Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi be made a member of the said committee. Navadgi, responded by saying that it may not get proper if he was made a part of the committee and in turn, suggested appointed the State public Prosecutor to the committee.