The Supreme Court ruling that MPs and MLAs will be disqualified from holding membership of the House the day they are convicted of an offence, without being given three months’ time to appeal, is against natural justice.
Every individual has the right to appeal against his conviction and is innocent until his guilt is proved beyond reasonable doubt. An MP or MLA convicted by a lower court is not responsible for the lengthy legal process.
If the judiciary were able to deliver timely judgments, we would not have to face the problem of criminals in politics or, for that matter, in all walks of life. It is because of the long years taken to complete a trial that criminals walk with their heads held high and honest persons are driven to self-imposed exile.