On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that it cannot disqualify candidates with criminal cases pending against them from contesting elections.
The court declined to bar election candidates with chargesheets in criminal cases from running for office and issued directions with a view to curb the criminalisation of politics.
The court said candidates must declare their criminal antecedents, and that political parties must put these up on their websites. Parliament should make a law to ensure candidates with criminal antecedents don’t enter public life and take part in law-making.
It added that parties should issue declarations and give the antecedents wide publicity in the electronic media.
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