Can’t contest ballot if conviction not stayed: Supreme Court docket


New Delhi, December 9

A person stands disqualified from contesting polls under the election law if his conviction in a criminal case, in which a jail term of two or more years has been awarded, is not stayed, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

The top court’s observation came in a judgment by which it dismissed an appeal of Saritha S Nair against the rejection of her nomination papers for contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Ernakulam, Kerala, by the returning officers in 2019 on account of her conviction and sentencing in two criminal cases related to the solar scam in the state. Hibi Eden of the Congress won the seat.

Nair had also moved the SC against rejection of her papers on the same grounds for contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad seat against Rahul Gandhi. — PTI



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