Special Courts to deal with cases pertaining to atrocities on SCs/STs

In accordance with Section 14 of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) {PoA} Act, 1989, the State Governments with the concurrence of the Chief Justice of the High Court, specify for each district, a Court of Session to be a Special Court for the purpose of speedy trial of offences under the Act. Accordingly, State Governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have designated District Session Courts as Special Courts. Further, to accelerate the pace of trial of cases under the PoA Act, exclusive Special Courts have also been set up in these States namely Gujarat (26), Maharashtra (3), Madhya Pradesh (43) and Rajasthan (25). The Number of cases disposed off/pending in these Courts are as under:
Name of State
Year
Disposed off
Pending
Gujarat
2013
1319
10042
2014
892
7364
Maharashtra
2013
860
8471
2014
969
7559
Madhya Pradesh
2013
3485
14025
2014
4111
14268
Rajasthan
2013
1867
14483
2014
2198
13678
            The data for the year 2015 has not yet been generated by the National Crime Records Bureau.
                        This information was given by Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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(Release ID :137755)
Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB)

Source: Bombay High Court

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