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“Criminalisation of Politics”

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    28th Feb, 2020

A two-Judge Bench of Supreme Court delivered a Judgment on the contempt petitions regarding the criminalisation of politics in India. 

Issue

Context

A two-Judge Bench of Supreme Court delivered a Judgment on the contempt petitions regarding the criminalisation of politics in India. 

Background:

  • The criminalisation of politics was never an “unknown phenomenon” in Indian political system but its presence was seemingly felt in its “strongest form” during the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts which were the result of a collaboration of a diffused network of criminal gangs, police and customs officials and their political patrons.
  • The recent judgment is, more or less, an extension of the Supreme Court’s 2018 judgment.
  • In September 2018, the Supreme Court had refused todisqualify politicians against whom criminal charges were pending from contesting elections, and left it to Parliament to frame an appropriate law.
  • It ordered political parties to publish a nominated candidate’s pending criminal cases on their official websites within 48 hours of selection.
  • However, the directions given by the apex court in 2018 have not succeeded.
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