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Assam: 25 Criminally Charged MPs/MLAs May Face Arrest Soon.

Twenty-five sitting legislators and MPs in Assam could face serious trouble ahead of the assembly elections. These twenty-five MLAs and MPs have criminal charges pending against them in courts in the state. If the Supreme Court accepts the recommendations of a report filed by Amicus Curiae, they will be in a spot of serious trouble.

The Amicus Curiae report against them was filed in the Supreme Court through Advocate Sneha Kalita. If proven in the court of law, the accusations against the concerned MLAs and MPs are so serious that they could face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. However, the report did not reveal the names of the legislators/MPs against whom cases are pending.

Reportedly, in 2018, the Supreme Court had directed the chief secretaries of the 25 states and six union territories, including the Registrar General of the High Courts to prepare a list of the pending criminal cases against the legislators and MPs of the country. In response, the Supreme Court was informed that a total of 4,442 cases are pending against the MPs and MLAs across India. Out of them, 2,556 sitting legislators are yet to face trial.

As per the affidavits filed by the candidates to the Election Commission, the sitting legislator of Badarpur Assembly, Jamaluddin Ahmed, BJP legislator of Sonai constituency Aminul Haq Laskar, AIUDF legislator from Abhayapuri, Ananta Kumar Mala, BJP legislator from Dudhnoi, Dipak Kumar Rabha, independent legislator Bhuban Pegu all have criminal cases against them pending in different courts. 

If the Supreme Court accepts the recommendations of the said report, it is likely to cause trouble for many legislators across Assam before the approaching assembly elections of 2021.

According to the affidavit by the amicus, there are 413 cases against offences which are punishable with imprisonment for life. In 174 cases, sitting MPs/MLAs are accused. Reportedly, Uttar Pradesh has a total of 1,217 pending cases against MPs and MLAs which is the highest in the country. Out of them, sitting legislators are accused in 446 cases.

The Amicus Curiae report submitted in the Supreme Court states, “No adjournment shall be granted except in rare and exceptional circumstances and for reasons to be recorded. The superintendent of police of (the) respective district shall be responsible to ensure production of accused persons before the respective courts on the dates fixed and the execution of NBWs (non-bailable warrants) issued by the courts,” 

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