A sentence in the editorial, “Not above the law” (Sept. 26, 2013) read thus: “The disqualification is restricted to MPs and MLAs convicted in criminal cases where the offences are punishable by a jail sentence of two years or more.” A reader pointed out that “a jail sentence of two years or more” is not necessary. Mere conviction is enough in this context with even a lesser quantum of punishment. The editorial writer said: “The reader is right. The confusion arose from section 8(3) of the RPA. A person convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years [other than any offence referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall be disqualified form the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.]


Not above the lawSeptember 26, 2013

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