The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted 22 courts on a temporary basis to hear the rising number of corruption cases against politicians,gazetted officials and police officers. Presiding officers in these courts will be appointed by the Allahabad High Court.
These courts will be constituted in five districts of the state,including two each at Bareilly and Meerut,five at Gorakhpur,nine at Lucknow and four at Varanasi. However,these courts can be transferred to other districts for speedy disposal of corruption cases as decided by the high court.
The posts of presiding officers will be filled from the 156 ex-cadre posts in fast track courts.
Fresh recruitment on 242 posts of Class III and IV employees for these courts will be done. Each court will be headed by an additional district and sessions judge.
Besides corruption cases,these courts will also hear other cases,but dispose of corruption cases on priority.
After creating the necessary posts for these courts,the Law Department has sent a letter to the high court.
It is likely that the presiding officers will be appointed in July.
The appointment to various posts in these posts will be done as per the directions of the high court. At the district level,these courts will be under the concerned district judge.
Officials in the Law Department said that now cases against politicians and officers,which are being probed by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) and Vigilance Department,will be heard in these courts.
It will help in quick disposal of the corruption cases. Recently,corruption cases involving high-profile persons are on the rise and several cases have been registered, an official said.
Already,probe is going on for corruption charges against several former ministers of the previous Mayawati regime.