Supreme Court Fines Parties Over Criminal Candidates

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Supreme Court warned parties to be cautious about declaring criminal records of candidates in future

Nine parties including the BJP and Congress were held guilty of contempt and eight of them fined by the Supreme Court today for not making public criminal records of their candidates. Parties “refuse to wake up from deep slumber”, the judges said.

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  1. The Congress, BJP and five more parties were fined Rs 1 lakh each and the CPM and Nationalist Congress Party were fined Rs 5 lakh for not making public their candidates’ criminal cases ahead of last year’s Bihar election.

  2. Records of criminal cases have to be made public by parties within 48 hours of the candidate’s selection, the Supreme Court said in a big step towards decriminalising politics.

  3. “Despite repeated appeals, political parties refuse to wake up from deep slumber,” said the Supreme Court. “Political lawmakers will wake up soon and carry out major surgery for weeding out the malignancy of criminalisation of politics,” the court noted in its order.

  4. The Supreme Court’s appeals had “fallen on deaf ears”, said Justices RF Nariman and BR Gavi. “Though we want to do something urgently, our hands are tied, we can’t encroach the domain of legislature,” they remarked.

  5. The Supreme Court warned that the parties, in future, must display the information on their websites in future. The Election Commission has been asked to create a mobile app that has the information for voters to access easily.

  6. To stop state governments from misusing their powers, the court also said criminal cases against MLAs or MPs cannot be withdrawn without approval from High Courts. Notably, cases filed against candidates are often political.

  7. In an earlier ruling in February last year linked to the Bihar election, the Supreme Court had said candidates must upload details of cases against them either within 48 hours of their selection or at least two weeks before the first date of filing nomination papers. The latest order sticks to a 48-hour timeline.

  8. The court was hearing petitions that call for suspending symbols of parties that had failed to disclose the criminal backgrounds of their candidates.

  9. Petitions had asked for contempt against political parties for not obeying the February 2020 orders of the Supreme Court. That verdict had said all political parties had to explain why they chose candidates with criminal cases and disclose details of the cases on their party website along with the reasons for selecting such candidates.

  10. The CPM and NCP had given an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court after the Election Commission said it would suspend their symbols.

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