SC fines eight political events for non-disclosure of prison information of candidates in Bihar polls

The Supreme Court Tuesday fined eight political events together with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress for failing to adjust to the court docket’s order to furnish particulars of candidates with prison backgrounds on their official web sites within the Bihar Assembly Elections, Bar and Bench reported.

These political events have been additionally directed to reveal details about such candidates in newspapers in addition to on social media.

According to the report, six events — BJP, Congress, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Janata Dal United, CPI, and Lok Jan Shakti Party — have been fined Rs 1 lakh for partial non-compliance.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have been fined Rs 5 lakh every for complete non-compliance of the highest court docket order.

“We direct the Respondent Nos. 3,4,5,6,7 and 11 to deposit an amount of INR 1 Lakh each in the account created by the ECI as specified in this judgment in paragraph 73(iii) within a period of 8 weeks from the date of this judgment. Insofar as Respondent Nos. 8 and 9 are concerned, since they have not at all complied with the directions issued by this Court, we direct them to deposit an amount of INR 5 Lakh each in the aforesaid account within the aforesaid period,” the court docket mentioned.

In February final 12 months, the highest court docket had directed all political events to add on their web site particulars of pending prison instances in opposition to candidates contesting polls, noting that there was an alarming enhance in criminalisation of politics.

The apex court docket mentioned political events may also must add causes for choosing candidates with pending prison instances on their web site.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman mentioned the explanations for choosing candidates with pending prison instances needs to be justifiable as regards to qualification and advantage and never merely on winnability.

The court docket handed orders on a contempt plea which raised the difficulty of criminalisation of politics claiming that instructions given by the apex court docket in its September 2018 verdict referring to disclosure of prison antecedents by candidates will not be being adopted.


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