New Delhi, July 17: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a minimum qualification for being a legislator. While passing the order, the apex court said, “It is not under our preview, Parliament can make any rule in this regard.”
Last week, the top court had chided the Election Commission for retracting from its earlier position supporting a plea for lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers from contesting elections. “It is within the domain of the Election Commission, if you don’t want to be independent, (and remain) constrained by the legislature, (then) say so,” the court had said.
“When a citizen comes to the EC seeking lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers, is silence an option? Either you can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Can you afford to be silent?” the bench had said as it read a paragraph from the response of the EC which supported the plea for lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers on contesting elections.
The court was hearing a PIL by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay seeking lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers and setting up of special courts for trying lawmakers accused of criminal offences.