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No ban on politicians facing criminal charges: SC

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IENews) In shocking decision which will now fail to stem the rot of criminals in politics, the Supreme Court today has refused to ban politicians against whom criminal charges are pending from contesting polls.

‘We are not in a position to add disqualification of candidates on filing of charge sheet in criminal cases,’ expressed a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra.

The bench comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, have however issued a slew of directions to curb the criminalisation of politics.

SC was hearing the Public Interest Litigations (PILs) filed by Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lingdoh and an NGO.

It had reserved its verdict till August 28.

The Constitution bench said that candidates must declare their criminal antecedents and that political parties must put these up on their websites.

“It is upto to the Parliament to make a law to ensure candidates with criminal antecedents do not enter public life and take part in law-making,” the Bench stated.

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