The Big Picture : Decriminalising Politics

The Supreme Court on 25 September said that Parliament should enact a law to prevent criminals with serious criminal cases pending against them from entering the legislature. A five judge headed by CJI Deepak Mishra said this while pronouncing it’s judgement on a bunch of pleas raising questions whether lawmakers who face criminal trial can be disqualified from fighting elections at the stage of being charges against them. The apex court also asked candidates to put their criminal antecedents in bold letters in the election affidavit and the political parties should give wide publicity to this information both in print and electronic media after nomination if filed by the candidate .
Under the current provisions of Representation of People Actually lawmakers can not contest elections only after their conviction in a criminal case.
There are a year a two huge bench of the Supreme Court had also asked the govt to set up 12 special courts across 11 states and national capital to deal with cases related to elected representatives . total of 4896 Mps and MLAs in the country and in March the Center govt had said in an affidavit to the apex court that 1765 MPs and MLAs that is a little over third of the total number face criminal charges .

Anchor- Vishal Dahiya
Vipul Mudgal, Director and Chief Executive of Common Cause
Shekhar Iyer, Senior Journalist
Chakshu Roy, Head of Outreach, PRS Legislative Research
S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner

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