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SC notice to govt on PIL to ban convicts from heading parties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today sought the responses of the and the Commission on a PIL seeking to restrain convicted politicians from running and holding posts in political parties.

A bench comprising Chief Justice and Justices A M Khanwilkar and agreed to examine the validity and contours of Section 29A of the Representation of of the People Act, 1951.


Registration of associations and bodies as political parties with the Commission are dealt under this section.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who has filed the PIL on the issue, said convicted politicians are barred under the from contesting elections but they can still run a political party and hold posts in them, besides deciding as to who will become a lawmaker.

The plea has sought directions to the Centre and the Commission of to frame guidelines to decriminalise the electoral system and ensure inner-party democracy as proposed by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC).

The petition has named several top political leaders who have been convicted or have charges framed against them and were holding the highest political posts and "wielding political power."

It claimed that now even a person who has been convicted for heinous crimes like murder, rape, smuggling, money laundering, loot, sedition, or dacoity can form a political party and become its president.

It also said that proliferation of political parties has become a major concern as Section 29A of the Act allows a small group of people to form a party by making a very simple declaration.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 13:05 IST
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