Criminals not to Contest Poll

Aug 4, 2011     Posted under: Current Affairs

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There is a good news coming but it should have come a long while ago.

Government of India is planning to amend laws to keep criminals out of Political arena in India. According to the reports, close to 30% i.e. almost 1/3rd of elected representative have some or the other criminal charges against them.

This is going to be a good move for generations to come. A new trend setting to win back the confidence of citizens of India in the democracy.

Disqualification of those who have been accused of heinous offences and against whom trial courts have framed charges. At least many will be filtered out immediately if the proposal comes into existence.

Heinous offences listed under the proposal include terror, murder, kidnapping of any form, counterfeiting of stamp paper or currency, sexual assaults against women, offences under the anti-narcotic drugs law and sedition.

We already have legal bars but that is too limited. The current Representation of The People Act in its current form bars only those convicted in criminal cases and sentenced for more than two years. With cases dragging on for decades and long delays in disposal of appeals against convictions, the law leaves a loophole which has been exploited by criminals to enter the legislature.

This will definitely help Anna Hazare and others fight against corruption.


NitiN Kumar Jain

Nitin works in an IT MNC professionally but blogs and owns NKJ Live. He is also the co-owner of a professional start-up ARGHAM BYTES

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  • Amit Sahrawat

    This is really a great move and must be brought in straight away. Can you throw more light on this?

    • NitiN Kumar Jain

      Yes, that’s the news coming … it will be really good …

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