A few hours after the Election Commission of India (EC) supported a plea seeking a lifetime ban on convicted politicians for decriminalisation of politics, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav supported the move and said it should be implemented in an unbiased manner.
According to ABP Live, the former Bihar chief minister, on Wednesday, said, "Election Commission's recommendation on imposing a lifetime ban on convicted parliamentarians from contesting elections is right. If a decision is taken then everybody should follow it."
Ironically, Lalu and his family are involved in a bunch of cases registered against them such as the IRCTC hotels scam, fodder scam, and benami land deals case to name a few.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to place before it details regarding 1,581 cases involving MPs and MLAs, as declared by politicians at the time of filing their nominations for state and national elections.
The apex court asked the government to apprise it as to how many of these 1,581 cases have been disposed of within one year and how many have ended either in conviction or acquittal of the accused.
During the hearing, the Centre told the bench that decriminalisation of politics has to be done and it was not averse to the setting up of special courts to deal with cases involving politicians and speedy disposal of these matters.
It informed the bench that the recommendations of the Election Commission of India and the Law Commission favouring a lifetime disqualification of politicians convicted in criminal cases was under the active consideration of the government.
The bench directed the Centre to place before it the scheme for setting up of such special courts and also indicate the amount of funds that could be earmarked for the purpose.
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Updated Date: Nov 02, 2017 10:54:38 IST