No notification yet on extension for special courts

CHENNAI JULY 3. The Madras High Court favours continuation of all three special courts trying corruption cases against bureaucrats and AIADMK Ministers of the 1991-96 regime.

Though an administrative decision was forwarded to the Government in the second week of June itself, no notification extending the term of the special courts has reached the High Court so far. Their term ended on June 30.

However, there is no bar on the three courts functioning up to three months even in the absence of any notification extending their term, sources point out.

Referring to a GO issued in March this year, ordering the disbandment of two of the special courts in view of the `extremely difficult financial position' of the Government, they said a government could not disband courts or delay their formation on grounds of funds crunch alone.

However, they agreed with the Government's stand that it was unnecessary to have three special courts for just seven pending cases, and said that after July 31, when P. Anbazhagan, special judge - I, attains superannuation, special court-I alone could be wound up.

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