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POLITICAL PARTIES TO PUBLISH CRIMINAL RECORDS

What’s in news?

The Supreme Court has ordered all political parties to state the reason for giving election tickets to criminal record holders.

Background:

  • A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had asked the union government in September 2018 to enact laws to put a ban on those involved in serious crimes.
  • The bench also asked the government to avoid such candidates from contesting elections and becoming party officials.

Key data’s:

  • Supreme Court said that it is flagging an “alarming rise in the criminalization of politics” in four previous national-level elections.
  • Supreme Court ordered that political parties have to upload details of criminal cases against candidates on their websites.
  • All parties will have to upload the criminal record of their candidates on the official Facebook and Twitter handles.
  • According to the Supreme Court’s order, it is mandatory for all the political parties to submit their response on their official websites and social media handles within 48 hours.
  • All political parties must submit the information and details of their criminal candidates within 72 hours to the Election Commission of India.
  • The apex court warned that contempt action can be taken if this order is not followed.
  • The Supreme Court said that if political parties give electoral tickets to a person with a criminal background, then the parties will also explain the reason for this.
  • If any leader does not provide true information then the Election Commission can take action against him and can also inform the Supreme Court.

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/political-parties/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supreme-court-orders-parties-to-publish-criminal-history-of-candidates/article30808148.ece

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/law-and-order/sc-orders-political-parties-to-publish-criminal-records-of-candidates.html

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