On August 10, the Supreme Court made a new move in its bid to call into question the rising tide of criminalisation in Indian politics. The judgment came in response to a plea of contempt filed by advocate Brajesh Singh against political parties flouting its orders regarding disclosing criminal antecedents of candidates in the 2020 Bihar Assembly elections. "The nation continues to wait and is losing patience," the apex court has gone on record to say. The court has imposed fines of Rs 1 lakh on the BJP , the Congress and the JD(U), among others, for failing to comply with its orders regarding complete disclosure of their candidates' criminal history. The CPI(M) and the Nationalist Congress Party were fined Rs 5 lakh for complete failure to comply with any of its mandates. Growing criminalisation has been a constant theme of Indian politics. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 233 MPs in the current Lok Sabha are facing criminal charges, up from 187 in 2014, 162 in 2009 and 128 in 2004. https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png The current orders of the SC have put a new onus on the Election Commission to do something concrete, for example, create a phone app… Read full this story
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