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Can Samajwadi Party be deregistered on failing to provide info about criminal cases of its candidates? [Read PIL]

Lawstreet Journal 21 Jan 2022 12:01am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Can Samajwadi Party be deregistered on failing to provide info about criminal cases of its candidates? [Read PIL]

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided to hear a petition asking the Election Commission of India (ECI) to deregister political parties that fail to provide information about criminal cases concerning election candidates, as well as the reasons for their selection.

The petition was presented before a bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana for an early hearing. The PIL is filed by Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who stated before the Bench that the nomination process has begun and that political parties are violating the two judgments of the court.

CJI Ramana questioned, "Is it possible to prevent those who are facing charges from submitting nominations? We'll see what you've addressed." In the spirit of the supreme court order, the petition has asked ECI to take measures to ensure that every political party discloses the information of each candidate's criminal charges, as well as the grounds for such selection, on the Home Page of its official website. The appeal has asked the ECI to de-register the political party that has fielded Nahid Hasan from Kairana for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and has not revealed his criminal records online, claiming that the Samajwadi Party has violated the Supreme Court's orders. It also asked the SCI to order the ECI to ensure that every political party justifies why it selected a candidate with criminal records over someone without such criminal records within 48 hours.

The counsel for the petitioner, Upadhyay further requested that the ECI ensure that every political party discloses criminal charges within… Continue Reading...

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