The Supreme Court on Friday said that the nomination papers of a candidate would stand rejected if he does not disclose the details of his assets or his criminal antecedents in his nomination papers.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam said that the returning officer had the power to reject the nomination papers on the grounds that the affidavit disclosing his assets and his criminal antecedents is not complete or is not in proper form.

The court judgement came on the plea by NGO Resurgent India, which had contended that a large number of candidates were leaving the columns concerning their assets or criminal antecedents, if any, blank.

The NGO had contended that such nomination papers are liable to be rejected.

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