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Bihar: Special courts to look into politicians' crimes
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | October 06, 2007 10:52 IST
The Nitish Kumar government is taking tough steps to curb the shooting crime rate in Bihar.
Bihar's high-profile politicians with alleged criminal backgrounds, widely known as bahubalis, will face the music. The government will set up special courts soon to conduct speedy trial of cases in which bahubalis are accused.
The state government had already identified 21 of them, who face serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and extortion.
According to official sources, the list include: JD(U) MP Prabhunath Singh, LJP MP Surajbhan Singh, RJD MPs Mohammad Shahabuddin and Pappu Yadav, JD(U) MLAs Anant Singh,Dhumal Singh, Sunil Pandey, LJP MLAs
State home secretary Afzal Amanullah said the special courts would be set up in two weeks with the concurrence of the Patna High Court. The state government has already submitted a petition in this regard to the high court.
"The special courts will conduct speedy trials of cases against high-profile persons only," he said.
Amanullah told rediff.com that the government was serious to conduct speedy trails of criminal cases in which high-profile persons are accused. Sources said the go-ahead for the trials was cleared by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
"A month before Nitish Kumar completes two years in office in November, he is keen to send a strong message that he was trying hard to establish rule of law, one of his main promises," a senior official in the chief minister's office said.
Only two days ago, former MP and Janata Dal(U) leader Anand Mohan Singh was sentenced to death with two other politicians . Early this year, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammed Shahabuddin was convicted in a criminal case by the special court in Siwan jail.
Top police officials said speedy trials have instilled a sense of fear in the minds of anti-socials.