KARNATAKA

Stamp paper racket: Special court soon

Bangalore Nov. 13. The Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, D.B. Chandre Gowda, said today that the proposed special court for probing the multi-crore stamp-paper racket would be set up in a week.

Addressing presspersons here, he said the Karnataka High Court had agreed orally to the proposal in principle. The Government would decide whether a retired judge or a district judge should preside over the court. The High Court had enquired about the staff to be deployed for the court work, whether they would be serving or retired employees, as they would have to be discharged when the court was wound up. The next Cabinet meeting would decide where the court should be set up, Mr. Gowda said.

On setting up fast-track courts as directed by the Supreme Court, the minister said that the Centre had sanctioned 93 courts out of which the State Government had already set up 64. More courts would be established in due course, he added.

The minister said only two-year-old criminal cases would be referred to fast-track courts. Of the six-lakh criminal cases, two lakh were two years old.