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Deadline for CBI courts

New Delhi, Dec. 10 (PTI): The Supreme Court today set a fresh four-month deadline for the Centre and states to make functional all 22 CBI courts in the country for trying corruption cases involving politicians and public servants.

“We expect the central government and state governments to make all CBI courts functional. If not complied within four months, chief secretaries will be liable for proceedings under the contempt of court act,” the court said.

The top court also observed that these courts were necessary for “speedy and expeditious” disposal of corruption cases. “People’s confidence in administration of justice is restored by the setting up of these courts,” it said.

The court had earlier expressed its displeasure over the Centre’s failure to set up adequate special CBI courts despite its repeated orders.

“We have been passing orders since 2011. But every time you come out with reasons and explanations...,” the bench had observed.