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Publish details of pending criminal cases against candidates: SC to parties

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 13, 2020

There has been an alarming increase in criminalisation of politics, says the Supreme Court

Taking on criminalisation of politics, the Supreme Court of Thursday, directed political parties to upload details of pending criminal cases against candidates contesting polls on their website. Parties will also publish the details of pending criminal cases against candidates on social media platforms and newspapers, it added.

Political parties will have to specify reasons for selecting candidates having pending criminal cases against them on their website, the apex court said.

A bench headed by Justice F Nariman also directed that political parties will publish these details on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and in one local vernacular and one national newspaper.

The top court said political parties will have to submit a compliance report in this regard to the Election Commission within 72 hours of selecting candidates having pending criminal cases against them. It directed that the EC shall bring it to the notice of the apex court in case of failure of political parties to comply with its directions.

While pronouncing the order, the bench said it appears that there has been an alarming increase in criminalisation of politics in the last four general elections.

The Supreme Court noted that there has been an alarming increase in criminalisation of politics.

The court passed orders on a contempt plea which raised the issue of criminalisation of politics claiming that directions given by the apex court in its September 2018 verdict relating to disclosure of criminal antecedents by candidates are not being followed.

Published on February 13, 2020

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