The Supreme Court has given an important order on Thursday on the issue of criminalization of politics. The court asked all the political parties to give details of the candidates with criminal background on their websites and give them the reason for handing out tickets to them for the elections. The SC said that the parties should upload the details of the candidates with criminal background and the details should explain the nature of the crime, whether charges have been framed among other things.
The website of the party should also give reasons that why the candidates is being fielded for election. The SC has given this decision on a contempt petition filed on behalf of Ashwini Upadhyay. The SC also made it clear that if this order is not followed, political parties will have to face contempt of court. The Election Commission will file a contempt petition against the party for non-implementation of this order. Political parties will also inform the Election Commission about the observance of this order. If not complied with, the commission will act according to its authority.
Significantly, in the last few years the share of leaders of criminal image has increased in politics. This can be gauged from the recent Delhi Assembly elections. According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-governmental organization working for election reform is 37 out of 70 MLAs elected in Delhi have serious criminal cases against them.