There has been a ton of protest among people, in relation, to candidates getting a pass to contest elections, regardless of having a criminal record. In perspective on the last four years, wherein, there has been a critical ascent in applicants with criminal record, the Supreme court today, asked the political groups to transfer the criminal record of every one of their candidates to their website. They have likewise been asked to legitimize the purpose behind choosing the such candidates.
Separated, from sharing the details on the website, the parties, additionally, have to ration out the details via social media and newspapers. the time limit set for uploading is 48 hrs post determination of the candidate.
“The reason to select candidates should be based on merit and not winnability. Winnability can’t be the only justification,” the top court directed.
The court further added, on the occasion the parties fail to upload the details , it will be considered as a contempt of court.
Last year, a five judge constitution bench, asked the central govt to immediately take action against such candidates and ban the candidates who bear severe criminal cases on their heads.
Ashwini Upadhyay, a senior BJP leader, and a lawyer had filed a petition against the govt and the election commission for having taken no perceptible step in this regard.
This decision by the apex court comes after the petition filed by Upadhyay.