Legislature won’t act against criminalisation of politics: SC | India News


NEW DELHI: Alarming rise in candidates with criminal antecedents despite its repeated orders to restrict them from contesting polls prompted the Supreme Court on Tuesday to frown at the lack of attempt by the legislature to stop criminalisation of politics but it realised that ingenuity of ‘realpolitik’ may impede judicial interventions in this regard.
“The legislative branch is not going to take any step in this regard, neither in the foreseeable future nor in the distant future, that much is certain,” said a bench of justices RF Nariman and BR Gavai.
It was dealing with 10 political parties which, during the Bihar assembly polls, allegedly breached the SC’s 2020 order that mandated all parties to upload in their websites criminal antecedents of candidates, reasons for their selection and why clean candidates could not be selected.
The SC had said the explanation should not be “mere winnability”. The February 13, 2020 order was in supplementation of the SC’s September 25, 2018 judgment in Public Interest Foundation case mandating all parties to submit to EC details of criminal antecedents of each candidate put in the fray by them. Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for EC, said in the Bihar assembly polls last year, RJD led parties by putting up 104 candidates with criminal antecedents.
Other parties’ candidates with criminal antecedents were: BJP 77, LJP 67, JDU 56, RLSP 57, INC 45, BSP 29, NCP 26, CPI 5, and CPM 4. He said while all others have complied with the direction to submit details, most haven’t complied with putting the information in the website or publishing an ad in a daily. He said CPI, CPM and NCP haven’t bothered to inform the EC. When the court was debating if non-compliance of SC and EC directions should lead to freezing of election symbols of parties, advocates Kapil Sibal and Dinesh Dwivedi, for NCP and BSP respectively, and Harish Salve, for EC, said winnability is the prime consideration in electoral politics and direction to choose candidates without criminal antecedents would be tough as in many instances cases are foisted against leaders. Sibal said most parties at national level don’t know what is happening at the panchayat, district or even at the state level.





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