SC directions have failed to arrest criminalisation of politics: EC

SC directions have failed to arrest criminalisation of politics: EC

Hindustan Times

The directions issued by the Supreme Court in 2018 to give publicity to the criminal antecedents of candidates contesting elections has failed to yield the desired result of decriminalizing politics, the Election Commission of India (EC) told the apex court on Friday.

A bench of justices Rohinton Nariman and S Ravindra Bhat agreed to consider whether directions can be issued to political parties to deny tickets to persons with criminal background.

The court was hearing a contempt plea filed by advocate and BJP spokesperson Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who alleged that despite repeated directions by the Supreme Court, the government and the EC have failed to take steps for decriminalisation of politics.

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