SC seeks Centre’s view on lifetime ban of convicted politicians

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued notices to centre and Election Commission asking to file their response on a public interest litigation, demanding life time ban on the convicted politicians following a quick trial which should end in a year.

A bench headed by justices Kurian Joseph and RF Nariman sent the notices on Wednesday. The PIL was filed to argue that convicted politicians are allowed to continue run office while bureaucrats and judicial officers convicted under the same law are disallowed to ever hold their offices again.

Petition conveyed that 34 per cent of MPs are facing criminal cases that are pending against them but the executive was doing nothing to deal with the problem. At least 25 per cent of them are involved in serious and heinous crimes like rape, murder, attempt to murder, loot, dacoity and extortion.

The petition was filed by the spokesman of Delhi BJP, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who expressed concern over what it said was growing corruption and criminalisation of politics in the country.

The petitioner argued that the lack of systemic checks had resulted in increase of number of criminals into Parliament and state assemblies. “In executive and judiciary, when a person is convicted for any criminal offence, he is suspended automatically and debarred from services for life.

However, this rule is applied differently in case a convicted person is a legislator,” the PIL said.

Wefornews Bureau

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