NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday made it mandatory for political parties to provide an explanation for fielding candidates with criminal background.
The apex court, which was hearing a contempt plea over the issue of criminalization of politics, directed the parties to upload on their websites the reasons for selection of candidates with criminal antecedents.
The Supreme Court said that political parties must publish credentials, achievements and criminal antecedents of candidates on newspapers, social media platforms and their respective websites along with an explanation.
“Political parties must put all the information in public domain about a candidate within 48 hours after clearing the name and the party must also submit a report regarding publication within 24 hours after the nomination of the candidate,” the top court said.
The court said that parties will be liable for contempt if they failed to comply with its order and directed Election Commission to file contempt petition in SC in case of non-compliance.
BJP leader and Supreme Court lawyer & petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay had filed a PIL against political parties giving tickets to tainted netas.
He had filed a contempt petition against the central government and the Election Commission alleging that no serious efforts were made in the last six months to curb criminalization of politics despite a court order.


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