The Supreme Court on Tuesday opined Parliament can alone decide whether Lawmakers facing criminal charges be barred from contesting elections or they should be disqualified only after conviction. Parliament was asked to enact a law based on the choice it makes.
While describing corruption as a 'National Economic Terror', The Apex Court directed Political Parties and Candidates to publish their criminal records at least thrice in Newspapers and TV Channels upon filing the nomination papers. This order was passed during the hearing of petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers facing criminal charges even before their conviction.
As of now, Convicts in the criminal cases related to Murder, Rape and Kidnapping are barred from contesting elections for six years. More than 1,765 Public Representatives including MPs and MLAs in India face criminal charges.
Supreme Court Today made it clear Sitting MPs, MLAs and MLCs can practice law as they are neither Government Employees nor full-time Employees. This judgement came as a relief to few former Union Ministers, MPs and MLAs who are continuing as law practitioners.