Political Parties Have To Publish Information On ‘Candidates With Criminal Antecedents’ On Their Website Homepage: Supreme Court

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Political Parties Have To Publish Information On ‘Candidates With Criminal Antecedents’ On Their Website Homepage

Case: Brajesh Singh vs. Sunil Arora

Coram: Justices RF Nariman and BR Gavai

Case No: Contempt Petn (Civil) 656 OF 2020

Court Observation: “The only question is, whether this Court can do so by issuing directions which do not have a foundation in the statutory provisions. This Court, time and again, has appealed to the lawmakers of the country to rise to the occasion and take steps for bringing out necessary amendments so that the involvement of persons with criminal antecedents in the polity is prohibited. All these appeals have fallen on the deaf ears. The political parties refuse to wake up from deep slumber. However, in view of the constitutional scheme of separation of powers, though we desire that something urgently requires to be done in the matter, our hands are tied and we cannot transgress into the area reserved for the legislative arm of the State. We can only appeal to the conscience of the lawmakers and hope that they will wake up soon and carry out a major surgery for weeding out the malignancy of criminalization in politics.”

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