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Speedy trial ahead of civic election

- Poll panel wants contestants to come clean before May 17; tags centres super-sensitive

Twenty-four civic poll contestants in Nawada against whom criminal cases are pending would undergo speedy trial.

It is for the first time in Bihar that candidates against whom trial of criminal cases have been pending and who are contesting any election will have to face speedy trial and that, too, before the scheduled polling date.

As announced by the state election commission, civic poll in Nawada is scheduled on May 17.

A list of such candidates against whom trial of criminal cases have been pending in the Magadh division is being prepared to conduct the speedy trial.

In Nawada, the list has already been prepared. Nawada district magistrate-cum-district election officer Devesh Sehra and superintendent of police Surendra Lal Das have sent the names of 24 such candidates, including three women, to the court for the speedy trial.

Now, the court will take a decision regarding the request. In all likelihood, the trial would begin next week, Das said.

In Nawada, elections in 33 wards of nagar parishad besides, 20 wards of Warisaliganj Nagar Panchayat and 17 wards of Hisua Nagar Panchayat, is scheduled on May 17.

Names of 12 candidates, including three women contesting from Nawada Nagar Parishad besides, seven from Warisaliganj Nagar Panchayat and five from Hisua Nagar Panchayat have been recommended for the trial.

The state election commission had directed district magistrates-cum-district election officers and the superintendents of police to prepare a list of candidates against whom trial of criminal cases are pending.

The state election commission in its direction has asked to conduct speedy trial against such candidates to ensure a fearless environment for the voters.

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