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- Election Commission Says To Supreme Court We Want To Stop Crime In Politics, But Not In Control
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The Election Commission has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court demanding that leaders accused in criminal cases be barred from contesting elections after chargesheets are filed and the charges are framed.
The commission said it wanted to completely decriminalize politics. He is in favor of it. But it is not in his jurisdiction to stop the leaders of criminal image from contesting elections. To do this, a law has to be made.
A bench of Supreme Court Justice KM Joseph and Justice BV Nagaratna has asked the Central Government to file a reply within 4 weeks on the Election Commission’s affidavit in the said matter.
Demand in the petition – The leaders on whom the charges are framed should not be allowed to contest elections
Advocate Ashwani Upadhyay has filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding that politicians who are chargesheeted in a criminal case and charges are framed in the court should be barred from contesting elections.
Not only this, the Election Commission should be empowered to prevent such people from contesting elections and take action against political parties who violate the rule in this context.
Earlier, while hearing this petition, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Election Commission and sought its reply.
How to improve.. When 43% in Lok Sabha, 31% in Rajya Sabha have cases against MPs
There is talk of stopping criminalization in politics, but the reality is opposite. Of the 542 MPs in the Lok Sabha, 233 (43%) have pending criminal cases against them. Of the 233, 159 (29%) have serious crime charges. Most of such MPs are from Kerala and Bihar.
Kerala’s Idukki Lok Sabha MP Kuriakose has the maximum number of 204 cases registered against him. At the same time, 71 out of 233 (31%) MPs of Rajya Sabha have pending criminal cases. Out of 71 MPs, 37 have serious crime cases, 2 have murder, 4 attempt to murder, 3 have crimes against women, 1 have rape cases.
Central agencies have registered cases against 106 MPs
Cases against 106 MPs are pending before the central investigative agencies CBI, ED and NIA. Cases of 121 former and present MPs and MLAs are pending with the CBI. Of these, 51 cases pertain to MPs. Out of these 51, 37 are former MPs and 5 have died. NIA has pending investigation against 4 MPs and MLAs. Out of these 2 are MPs. ED has pending investigation against 51 MPs.
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