Centre tells Supreme Court that convicted legislators cannot be barred for life from contesting polls

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published Published on Dec 3, 2020   modified Modified on Dec 4, 2020

-The Hindu

Affidavit says that legislators are not bound by specific service conditions like that of government employees.

The Central government has told the Supreme Court that it rejected the idea of barring convicted legislators for life from contesting elections, forming or becoming an office-bearer of a political party.

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice said an elected representative of the people cannot be equated with public servants who are banned for a lifetime on conviction.

The government said disqualification under the Representation of the People Act of 1951 for the period of the prison sentence and six years thereafter was enough for legislators.

The Centre’s stand differs from that taken by the Election Commission, which endorsed a life ban as necessary to “champion the cause of decriminalisation of politics”.

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The Hindu, 3 December, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/centre-tells-supreme-court-that-convicted-legislators-cannot-be-barred-for-life-from-contesting-polls/article33243611.ece?homepage=true

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