The Election Commission has made it clear that those in custody will be barred from contesting the August 21 by-elections in the Mandya and Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituencies and the Avanigadda Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh, in keeping with a recent Supreme Court ruling.

The court has declared that persons in lawful custody — whether convicted in a criminal case or otherwise — cannot contest elections.

This ruling will also apply to the August 22 by-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from the Mysore Local Authority constituency, says the Election Commission.

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