SC asks parties to reveal pending criminal cases against poll candidates

The Supreme Court docket on Thursday directed all political functions to add on their web-site aspects of pending criminal scenarios from candidates contesting polls, noting that there has been an alarming improve in criminalisation of politics.

The apex court explained political functions will also have to add causes for choosing candidates with pending criminal scenarios on their web-site.

The court passed orders on a contempt plea which lifted the challenge of criminalisation of politics declaring that instructions offered by the apex court in its September 2018 verdict relating to disclosure of criminal antecedents by candidates are not being followed.

A bench headed by Justice F Nariman also directed that political functions will publish these aspects on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and in one nearby vernacular and one nationwide newspaper.

The top court explained political functions will have to submit a compliance report in this regard to the Election Fee in seventy two hours of choosing candidates obtaining pending criminal scenarios from them.

It directed that the EC shall bring it to the observe of the apex court in circumstance of failure of political functions to comply with its instructions.

When pronouncing the purchase, the bench explained it appears that there has been an alarming improve in criminalisation of politics in the last 4 general elections.