POLITICAL PARTIES TO PUBLISH CRIMINAL RECORDS
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The Supreme Court has ordered all political parties to state the reason for giving election tickets to criminal record holders.
- 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.
- 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.
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