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Plea to bar convicts from politics: SC seeks govt. view

Court posts matter for further hearing on April 18

March 25, 2017 01:44 am | Updated 01:44 am IST - NEW DELHI

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to respond to a petition seeking to bar convicted persons from contesting polls for life and preventing their entry into the judiciary and the executive.

A Bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha asked the government to file its reply in two weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on April 18.

Recently the Election Commission had endorsed the plea filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, agreeing that a uniform ban would be in the spirit of fundamental rights of the Constitution, including the right to equality.

As of now, a person, on conviction, is debarred from contesting any elections for the period of his or her prison sentence and six years thereafter.

The Commission in its affidavit had said that it was “alive to the issues that concern the conduct of free and fair elections and functioning of healthy democracy and as such asserting for bringing in electoral reforms which further the cause of free and fair elections.”

The Election Commission said it has already submitted details proposal for poll reforms.

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