Coal block case: Delhi High Court refuses to remain conviction of former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday (May 22) refused to remain conviction of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda. In his plea, Koda sought a keep on his conviction order in a coal block allocation case in order that he can contest elections.

The High Court, nevertheless, dismissed his plea observing “it would not be apposite for this court to stay his conviction to overcome the disqualification incurred by him,” including “it would not be apposite to facilitate the appellant to contest the elections for any public office, till he is finally acquitted.” 

Madhu Koda was convicted in 2017 by a trial courtroom for the offence of felony misconduct and beneath provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 within the coal block case.

The courtroom noticed that it has the ability to remain the conviction, however such energy must be exercised in distinctive circumstances and in circumstances the place this courtroom is satisfied that not staying the conviction would result in injustice and irreversible penalties. 

Dismissing Koda’s utility, the HC mentioned that whereas it’s contended that this may result in injustice and irreversible penalties, the courtroom should additionally contemplate wider ramifications of the identical.

“In recent times, there has been an increasing demand that steps be taken for the decriminalization of politics. A large number of persons with criminal antecedents or who are charged with heinous crimes stand for and are elected to Legislative Assemblies and Parliament,” the courtroom noticed.

The courtroom mentioned that if the broader opinion is that individuals charged with crimes should be disqualified from contesting elections to public workplaces, it will not be apposite for this courtroom to remain his conviction to beat the disqualification incurred by him.