SC Asks Parties to List Reasons For Fielding Tainted Candidates

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SC Asks Parties to List Reasons For Fielding Taint
Taking note of the alarming rise in the number of candidates with criminal background in the last four general elections, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed all political parties to publish within 48 hours the criminal records of candidates in Assembly and Parliament polls on the parties’ websites.

It also ordered parties to provide reasons for giving tickets to tainted candidates. “Winnability can't be the only justification,” said the top court.

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Political parties will put on their respective websites all details of candidates with criminal antecedents and on social media handles and electronic media too. They should also furnish all the information to the Election Commission of India, it added.

Political parties not following the order will be held in Contempt of Court, the court warned.

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