Source: 
International The News
http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-1-238051-76-Indian-parliamentarians-charged
Date: 
13.03.2014
City: 
New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Of the 162 parliamentarians involved in 306 criminal cases, 76 are charged with serious crimes like murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) said on Tuesday.

 The analysis of the Lok Sabha MPs elected in 2009 comes a day after the Supreme Court directed that criminal cases against MPs and MLAs should be completed within a year from the date of the trial court framing charges.

 After analysing the affidavits of the MPs elected in 2009, the ADR and NEW observed that some cases have remained pending for more than 20 years while the average number of years that the cases have remained pending is seven years.

 “Analysis is of those cases for which the MP has provided the dates as most of the contesting candidates do not provide the relevant dates like the first information report, the ADR said.

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