New Delhi, March 21, 2017: The Election Commission of India has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court saying it supports a ban on tainted political leaders from contesting elections for their lifetime.
In its affidavit, the central poll panel said that the plea made by PIL petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay is “not adversarial” in seeking directives for ensuring that trials of MPs and MLAs are concluded within a year and that such convicts are prohibited for life from the political process.
Currently, a person, convicted in a serious criminal case, is barred from contesting polls for six years and a lawmaker stands disqualified in the event of conviction.
The questions, raised in the petitions, also include whether a person against whom charges are framed be permitted to contest elections.
Besides Upadhyay, former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh and NGO ‘Public Interest Foundation’ had filed PILs raising similar issues. The pleas were referred to the larger bench which is yet to be set up.