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SC says lawmakers facing criminal charges can contest elections until convicted

Prime News, National (New Delhi), September 25:- The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it won’t debar MPs and MLAs facing criminal charges from contesting elections. The court said that they can be stopped from contesting elections only if convicted in a criminal case.

Citizens have a right to be informed about the antecedents of their candidates, said the top court.

Candidates have to declare their criminal antecedents to the Election Commission before contesting an election, added the SC.

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprises of Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, read out the verdict.

The bench had already reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas on August 28. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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