The Election Commission has directed the Chief Secretaries of the States/UTs to send by 15 of every month details of the conviction and sentence, if any, of sitting MPs, MLAs or MLCs that attracts disqualification in view of the Supreme Court recently declaring Section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 as “ultra vires.” The clause had provided the members immunity from getting disqualified provided they appealed against their conviction/sentence within three months from the date of judgment.

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