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SC orders, parties to publish the information of cases within 48hrs of candidate’s announcement

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave its verdict in a case related to the criminalization of politics. The Supreme Court has ordered that all political parties will have to share information related to them within 48 hours of the announcement of candidates.

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According to the order of the Supreme Court, if a candidate has a criminal case registered against him or he is an accused in any case, then political parties will have to make this information public within 48 hours of the announcement of the name of the candidate. The Supreme Court has tightened the guidelines on criminal records of political parties and has improved its earlier decision.

What are the other important things in the verdict

The Supreme Court has said in its order that political parties will have to publish the criminal history of the candidates selected for the election, the Supreme Court modified its February 13, 2020 decision in this regard.

Indeed, in paragraph 4.4 of the February 2020 judgment, the Supreme Court had ordered that the criminal history of a candidate should be published within 48 hours of the selection or at least two weeks before the first date of filing of nominations, whichever is earlier. will.

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During the hearing, the Election Commission has asked the Supreme Court to freeze or suspend the election symbol of the party in view of violations against a national party that does not disclose the criminal history of the candidates. The commission has given this suggestion in the case of violation of the order of the Supreme Court.

On behalf of the CPI(M), the lawyer tendered an unconditional apology and said that this should not have happened. We are also of the view that politics should not be criminalised. Court told CPM’s lawyer that apology will not work. We have to follow our orders. At the same time, the counsel for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) tendered an unconditional apology for not following the instructions.

Let us tell you that in the Bihar assembly elections, some candidates did not give information about the criminal cases registered against them. After this, the matter reached the Supreme Court, where the Supreme Court took a strict stand.

Apologies were also apologized in the Supreme Court by many political parties, as well as it was said that they have also sought clarification from the candidates at the level of the state unit, district unit.

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