SC issues notice to EC on contempt plea for violation of its judgment directing candidates to declare criminal antecedents

Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings for alleged violation of its judgment directing all candidates to declare their criminal antecedents to the poll panel before contesting elections.

A bench, comprising Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran, also sought a response from the three deputy election commissioners, law secretary and the cabinet secretary for not complying with its judgment dated 25th September 2018.

In September last year, a five-judge Constitution bench had unanimously held that all candidates have to declare their criminal antecedents to the EC before contesting polls and had called for wider publicity, through print and electronic media about the antecedents of candidates.

The Hindu

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