Centre Opposes Plea In Supreme Court For Lifetime Ban On Convicted Politicians

Centre Opposes Plea In Supreme Court For Lifetime Ban On Convicted Politicians

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Supreme court has been told that politicians are facing criminal trials in 4,442 cases across India

The Centre has opposed in the Supreme Court the amended PIL seeking imposition of lifetime ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections, saying the elected representatives are "equally bound" by law.

BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, in his amended PIL, has sought lifetime ban on convicted persons including politicians, from contesting elections as against the six-year ban from the date of release after serving the jail terms of two years or more as provided under the Representation of Peoples Act (RPA).

The Law Ministry, in its affidavit, said: "It is submitted that the application for amendment is devoid of merits and does not justify the challenge to the vires of the statutory provisions under the RPA, 1951."

The affidavit, filed through the ministry's official S Mahesh Babu said the amended application does not indicate existence of any conclusive and factual material to substantiate the contention that the provisions challenged are unconstitutional and ultra vires.

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