SC: Received’t bar tainted netas, solely Parliament can

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to debar tainted politicians from contesting elections, saying that it was for Parliament to take a call on such issues.

A Bench headed by Justice LN Rao also refused to declare as null and void the elections of MLAs and MPs chargesheeted for over a year for offences punishable with a minimum five-year imprisonment.

“What you are saying is correct. But we cannot pass such orders. This is under the domain of Parliament,” the Bench told retired civil servant SN Shukla, who represented NGO Lok Prahari. The latter wanted the top court to debar politicians against whom charges have been framed from fighting polls. Shukla submitted that such a law would never be passed by Parliament and criminals in legislatures had crossed the 33% mark. “We are afraid the relief claimed cannot be granted. We leave it to the petitioner to pursue any remedy available to have the directions issued by this court implemented,” the SC said, disposing of the plea.

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