Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SC Directs Political Parties To Publish Criminal Antecedents Of Candidates In LS & Assembly Polls Within 48 Hours

Story updated when order copy received.

The apex court, which was hearing a contempt plea over the issue of criminalization of politics directed the parties to upload on their websites the reasons for the selection of candidates with criminal antecedents. The Supreme Court said that political parties must publish credentials, achievements and criminal antecedents of candidates on newspapers, social media platforms and their respective websites along with an explanation. "Political parties must put all the information in public domain about a candidate within 48 hours after clearing the name and the party must also submit a report regarding publication within 24 hours after the nomination of the candidate," the top court said. The court said that parties will be liable for contempt if they failed to comply with its order and directed Election Commission to file contempt petition in SC in case of non-compliance

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