The Supreme Court of India has asked the Centre to set up special courts to exclusively try cases against lawmakers facing criminal charges.
The order came from a Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi after it was informed that 1581 lawmakers had criminal cases pending against them at the time of filing nominations in 2014.
It sought to know how many of these cases had been disposed of by now and what was the outcome in terms of acquittal or conviction.
The top court is seized of a PIL seeking lifetime ban on convicted politicians.
On behalf of the Centre, Additional Solicitor General A Nadkarni said the government was yet to firm up its stand with regard to lifetime ban on convicted politicians but it supported decriminalisation of politics.
The top court sought a scheme from government explaining how it intended to go about it and how much fund was needed for the purpose.
The Bench has pointed out that criminal cases against many politicians remained pending for more than 20 years allowing them to complete four terms in Parliament or state assemblies.
In such a situation, demanding ban on them towards the fag end of their political career may not achieve the desired objective, it had indicated.