New Delhi: Politics can’t be a playing ground of criminals, the top court made it clear on Thursday delivering a historic verdict on the “alarming rise in the criminalisation of politics”. Also Read - Gargi College Molestation Case: Supreme Court Refuses PIL Seeking CBI Probe, Directs Petitioner to Delhi HC
Here’s how it will take shape Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Supreme Court Defers Hearing on Centre's Plea For Separate Execution Till Friday 2 PM
1. Political parties are now bound to upload details of the criminal history of the candidates. Wasn’t it compulsory before? Yes, but only to the Election Commission. Also Read - Upload on Your Websites Why You Select Candidates With Criminal Past, Supreme Court Says to Political Parties
2. Now, the parties will have to inform voters. Details have to be submitted to newspapers and uploaded on social media platforms within 48 hours of selection.
3. Same details can be submitted to the EC within 72 hours.
4. Parties can’t wash their hands off just by publishing this. They will have to explain why a candidate with criminal past has been chosen over someone who doesn’t have criminal records.
5. No, just because a candidate has more chances to win won’t suffice as an explanation. The merit has to be justified.
6. If political parties fail to do all these, they can be accused of contempt of court.
BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay had filed a contempt petition against the central government and the Election Commission, alleging that no serious efforts were made to stop the criminalization of politics despite the court order.