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As Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh prepare for elections and India for general elections next year, criminal records are not likely to be a deterrent to members of Parliament (MPs) and state legislative assemblies (MLAs): No more than 6% of criminal cases against India’s MPs and MLAs ended in conviction. In 18 of 29 states and two of seven union territories, there were no convictions. In December 2014, the Supreme Court ordered the Centre to set up 12 special courts by March 2018 to try criminal cases against MPs and MLAs. Six months after the deadline, no more than 40% cases had been transferred to these courts.

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