Election Commission favours barring convicts from contesting elections for lifetime

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was in favour of barring convicted persons from contesting polls for lifetime and stopping their entry into judiciary and the executive.

The commission also said it was in favour of setting up special courts to decide criminal cases related to people's representatives, public servants and members of the judiciary in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution.

In its affidavit filed in response to a PIL seeking setting up special courts for trial of criminal cases against people from the legislature, executive and judiciary, the Election Commission said the issues raised by the petitioner — Delhi BJP spokesperson and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhaya — are "not adversarial".................Read more


Source: The Times of India

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