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Have actively taken steps for decriminalisation of politics: EC to SC

Have actively taken steps for decriminalisation of politics: EC to SC
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New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI)  Contending that it has been raising the issue of criminalisation of politics since 1998, the Election Commission has told the Supreme Court it has actively taken steps for its decriminalisation.

In an affidavit filed in the top court, the poll panel said any further steps to effectively decriminalise politics would require legislative amendments which are beyond the scope of the Election Commission of India.

The poll panel told the apex court that in its “Proposed Electoral Reforms, 2016”, it had reiterated its 2004 recommendation that people charged with cognisable offences, which are punishable with imprisonment of at least five years, where charges have been framed and where the cases have been filed at least six months prior to the election, should be debarred from contesting elections.


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