Convicted politicians like RJD supremo lalu Yadav and VK Sasikala could face a life ban from electoral politics if the Election Commission has its way before the Supreme Court. Supreme Court advocate and Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya has filed PIL seeking life-time ban on convicted politicians, supporting PIL the EC said such a ban will be helpful in de-criminalisation of politics.The existing rule under the Representation of Peoples Act only disqualifies politicians sentenced to a jail term of two years or more from contesting elections for six years from the date of release from prison. While Lalu was sentenced to five years in prison in October 3, 2013 in a case related to fodder scam, Sasikala was awarded a four-year jail term by the Supreme Court on February 14, 2017 in a disproportionate assets case.Many other politicians of various parties also undergoing trial in cases like A Raja and Kanimozhi of the DMK (2G scam) and Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi (CWG scam). Their fate could also get sealed if they are convicted and the apex court endorses the stand of the EC.
Special Courts to Extradite trials
Supreme Court has directed the Centre to form special courts to expedite trials of politicians. The bench said the trials against MPs and MLAs must be mandatorily concluded within a year and “this is in the interest of the nation”. The SC told the government to finalise a plan and inform the court by December 13. The bench asked for the details regarding 1,581 cases involving MPs and MLAs from Centre, as declared by politicians at the time of filing their nominations during the 2014 general elections.The apex court asked the government to appraise it as to how many of these 1,581 cases have been disposed of within one year and how many have ended either in conviction or acquittal of the accused. Upadhyaya has affirmed that allowing politicians fight polls again was violative of the right to equality under the Constitution.
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