Bhopal: The long awaited Madhya Pradesh Vishesh Nyayalaya Vidheyak 2011 (Special Courts Bill, 2011) has finally got the nod of President Pratibha Patil.

For the past several months the State government and the UPA were at loggerheads over the bill which aims at putting a check on corruption prevalent in the state. 

In fact, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had even met President Pratibha Devi Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram last year seeking speedy approval to the anti-corruption law.

The legislation is being seen as an effective deterrent against corrupt public servants and provides for expeditious disposal of cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

“The proposed law also provides for the confiscation of property of corrupt officials acquired through dishonest means and the utilisation of such property for public good,” sources added.

According to the bill, the government can utilise the property acquired through corrupt means for schools, colleges and other community facilities.

Notably, special courts will be set up with the sole motive to handle cases relating to corruption. These courts will be presided by judges appointed by the state government following the recommendations of judges from higher courts.
One can appeal to the higher court against the decision of the special court. But the appeal should be made within 30 days since the judgment.