SC asks parties to reveal pending criminal cases against poll candidates

Jannie Delucca

The Supreme Courtroom on Thursday directed all political functions to upload on their web site specifics of pending criminal instances against candidates contesting polls, noting that there has been an alarming maximize in criminalisation of politics.

The apex court docket explained political functions will also have to upload factors for deciding upon candidates with pending criminal instances on their web site.

The court docket passed orders on a contempt plea which elevated the problem of criminalisation of politics professing that instructions given by the apex court docket in its September 2018 verdict relating to disclosure of criminal antecedents by candidates are not being adopted.

A bench headed by Justice F Nariman also directed that political functions will publish these specifics on social media platforms like Fb and Twitter and in just one nearby vernacular and just one national newspaper.

The major court docket explained political functions will have to post a compliance report in this regard to the Election Fee inside 72 several hours of deciding upon candidates owning pending criminal instances against them.

It directed that the EC shall bring it to the detect of the apex court docket in situation of failure of political functions to comply with its instructions.

While announcing the get, the bench explained it appears that there has been an alarming maximize in criminalisation of politics in the last four standard elections.

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