Publish details of tainted candidates: SC to parties
The Supreme Court ruled and handed down a series of directions aimed at checking the criminalization of politics.
- Parties that field candidates with criminal records must from now on tell the public why they have chosen tainted candidates over those with clean records.
- Court ruled that it shall be mandatory for political parties during central and state elections to put out detailed information about candidates with criminal cases pending against them, including the nature of the offences.
- Parties must also list the reasons for selecting such candidates and state why others without criminal antecedents were not selected.
- Information should be published in one local vernacular newspaper, a national newspaper, and on the official social media platforms of the political party, including Facebook and Twitter. These details are to be published within 48 hours of the selection of the candidate.
- Political party concerned shall then submit a report of compliance with these directions with the Election Commission within 72 hours of the selection of the said candidate. If a political party fails to submit such compliance report with the Election Commission, the Election Commission shall bring such non-compliance by the political party concerned to the notice of the Supreme Court as being in contempt of this court’s orders