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Posted on Nov 01, 07:54PM | UNI
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today claimed that the pioneering efforts of the Odisha government in implementing Special Court Act, the first of its kind in the country, have received due recognition from several other states.
Several other state governments have enacted similar Acts based on the Odisha Special Courts Act, Mr Patnaik said while addressing the Vigilance Awareness Week here.
The Chief Minister said the state government had created special dispensation for quick disposal of corruption cases against persons holding high political and public offices.
Under the aegis of the Act, two Special Courts have been established at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and so far 103 cases of corruption have been transferred to these courts for expeditious trial and 10 accused persons holding high public offices convicted.
The Chief Minister said in order to increase the efficacy of the prosecution, special provisions have been made under the Odisha Special Courts Act to expeditiously confiscate the tainted property of the accused persons that were acquired by corrupt means.
Two Courts of Authorised Officers have been set up and 60 confiscation proceedings instituted by the state government under this Act, he added.