Rajasthan: Thumbing their nose at SC, police closing cases against netas

Jaipur: The Supreme Court might be insisting on constitution of fast track courts for expediting criminal cases involving politicians, but here in Rajasthan, a majority of the cases in which netas are accused are not reaching the courts at all. Most of the cases registered against the MPs, the MLAs and other people’s representatives are disposed of by the police itself. And it doesn’t matter which party is ruling the state. Cases against politicians – to whichever party they belong – are invariably shelved after filing an FR (Final Report), thus ending the need for filing a charge-sheet.

More cases closed than registered

Over the past five years, 141 cases were registered against politicians in the state and 183 were closed (including pending cases).

Presently, police probe is underway in 35 cases against netas. Of them, ten cases are registered against BJP MP Dr Kirori Lal Meena and six against Congress MLA Ashok Chandna. The netas who are facing police probe include Union minister of state for agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot. Besides, there are cases against Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal, RJP MLA Golma Devi, who has joined the BJP, Parliamentary secretary Om Prakash Hudla, MLA Vishwendra Singh and former minister and Congress MLA Mahendrajeet Singh Malaviya.

The cases against Dr Kirori Mal Meena range from destruction of property to rape.