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SC imposes heavy fine on 9 parties for hiding names of tainted candidates in Bihar polls

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken strict action for not making public the criminal records of the candidates during the Bihar Assembly elections. The court has imposed a fine on 8 parties in this case considering them guilty of contempt.

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CPM and NCP fined Rs 5 lakh each

According to the information, the Supreme Court has imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh each on the CPM and NCP. On the other hand, JDU, RJD, LJP, Congress, BSP, CPI and BJP have been fined Rs 1 lakh each.

The Supreme Court has ruled that all political parties will put the information of candidates with criminal background on the home page of their website. This information will have to be given within 48 hours of selecting the candidate. Along with this, the Election Commission will create a separate mobile app. Through which he will be able to inform the general voters about the candidates with criminal background through this app.

The Supreme Court had issued guidelines last year

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The Supreme Court has said that if a political party does not comply with the guidelines for making public information about candidates with criminal background, then the Election Commission will inform the court about it. After which he will be able to initiate contempt proceedings against those political parties.

The court ordered the Election Commission to launch a massive campaign to inform voters about candidates with criminal background. He will create a fund for this, in which the fine received from the contempt will be deposited. The Election Commission will create a separate cell, which will monitor the guidelines of the court.

‘Cleaning up politics is not the concern of the legislative branch’

The Supreme Court, while hearing a case on Tuesday, said that cleaning up the country’s deteriorating politics is not an immediate concern of the legislative branch of the government. At the same time, the nation is constantly waiting for this and now its patience is answering.

A bench of Justices RF Nariman and BR Gavai said, “The country continues to wait and patience is responding.” Cleaning up politics is not an immediate concern of the legislative branch of the government. Along with this, a ‘major surgery’ will be done to end the evil practice of criminalization in politics.

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‘Criminalization of Political System in India’

The Supreme Court said that the criminalization of India’s political system is increasing day by day. The court said that persons with criminal background should not be allowed to become law makers. Something urgently needs to be done in this matter. The Supreme Court said that his “hands are tied” and he cannot encroach upon the area earmarked for legislative business.

The Supreme Court made these observations during the contempt hearing on non-compliance of its February 13, 2020 directions during the Bihar Assembly elections last year. Let us tell you that the Supreme Court in its decision last year had issued guidelines for political parties.

Instructions not to give tickets to tainted leaders

The parties were asked to provide information about pending criminal cases against their candidates on their websites and social media platforms. Along with this, will also tell the public why he was made a candidate. Also ordered that people with criminal background should not be given tickets in politics.

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