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SC verdict on 'criminal' netas on Tuesday
The Bench will deliver its verdict at 10.30 am. Tribune file photo

SC verdict on 'criminal' netas on Tuesday

24 Sep 2018 | 9:19 PM

NEW DELHI: Should politicians against criminal charges have been framed by a court of law be debarred from contesting polls? A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is to deliver its verdict on the issue on Tuesday.

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Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24

Should politicians against criminal charges have been framed by a court of law be debarred from contesting polls?

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is to deliver its verdict on the issue on Tuesday.

The Bench, which also includes Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra, will deliver its verdict at 10.30 am on a PIL filed in 2011 by Public Interest Foundation which demanded debarring politicians facing serious criminal charges in order to de-criminalise Indian politics. It had reserved the verdict on the issue on August 28.

Ruling out any judicial legislation to check criminals entering Parliament and state legislatures, the Bench had last month wondered if it can ask the Election Commission not to allot symbols to recognised political parties’ candidates facing serious criminal charges, even as the NDA government vehemently opposed it.

The Bench had said it would consider directing the Election Commission to ask political parties to get their members disclose criminal cases against them to enable voters to know about “alleged crooks” attempting to enter the legislature.

Attorney General KK Venugopal had told the Bench that Article 102 provided for Parliament to make law on the issue and hence the top court should leave it to the wisdom of the parliamentarians. He had reminded the Bench of the concept of separation of powers.

”Everybody understands that. We cannot direct Parliament to make a law. The question is what we can do to stem the rot,” the Bench had commented.

But Venugopal had said what the court can’t do directly; it can’t do indirectly as even the direction to the Election Commission had the same effect of disqualifying someone from contesting.

“Nobody is disqualifying anybody. What we may direct the Election Commission is that the election symbol of a political party be taken away if a person, facing criminal charges, is allowed to contest the election on its ticket,” Justice Nariman clarified.

Taking serious note of people with criminal antecedents becoming members of Parliament and state Assemblies, the Bench had on August 9 said the problem can no longer be ignored by the legislature. “It is the duty of the legislature to respond to the collective cry of the citizens. Today the citizens are saying please don’t let such people contest elections…It can’t be ignored by the legislature It’s a national thinking…,” it had said.

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24 Sep 2018 | 5:44 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 6:02 PM

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Goa CM Parrikar inducts 2 new ministers after dropping two

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24 Sep 2018 | 7:32 PM

PANAJI: BJP MLAs Milind Naik, a former Power Minister, and Nilesh Cabral were sworn in as Cabinet ministers in the BJP-led Cabinet in Goa, even as ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar dropped two ministers who have been hospitalised for severe ailments.

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24 Sep 2018 | 10:48 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 9:32 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 10:30 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 7:16 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 8:37 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 3:27 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 6:08 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 5:46 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 3:19 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 4:44 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 5:25 PM

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Triple Talaq ordinance challenged in Bombay HC

24 Sep 2018 | 5:22 PM

MUMBAI: The Centre's ordinance outlawing instant triple talaq and making it a punishable offence for the husband has been challenged before the Bombay High Court.

Woman's head gets severed in fodder cutting machine in UP

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:57 AM

ETAH (UP): A 35-year-old woman was killed Monday after her dress got entangled in a fodder-cutting machine that severed her head in Badariya here, police said.

Pleasant morning in Delhi, some areas witness light rain

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:31 AM

NEW DELHI: Delhiites woke up to a pleasant morning with light rain in some parts of the city as the mercury dipped to 24 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT department.

Pak’s ‘one-trick pony’ act on Kashmir has no resonance in UN: India

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:48 AM

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IAF chopper rescues 19 stranded in Kullu; Chandigarh-Manali NH closed

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24 Sep 2018 | 12:31 PM

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:42 AM

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the world’s largest health assurance scheme, PM Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY), from Ranchi, to cover 40 per cent of the national population.

Parrikar stays as Goa CM: Shah

Parrikar stays as Goa CM: Shah

24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

NEW DELHI:Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will continue in his post, BJP president Amit Shah said today as he announced that a reshuffle of the state’s ministers would take place soon.

Maoists gun down Andhra MLA, ex-MLA

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:47 AM

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Flood-hit Kerala weavers pin hope on dolls from soiled saris

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:02 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:A tiny handmade doll made out of soiled and damaged fabric has become a symbol of survival and hope for a group of weavers, whose dreams and livelihood were washed away by the floods in Kerala.

France fears damage as Hollande fans row

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24 Sep 2018 | 11:42 AM

PARIS:The French government said on Sunday it feared damage to its relations with India after former President Francois Hollande stirred controversy about a major deal to sell 36 Rafale fighter jets.

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24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

NEW DELHI:BJP president Amit Shah today said the “grand alliance” stood no chance against the Modi-led NDA government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as it “lacks a leader, policy and ideology”.

2 arrested, juvenile apprehended for firing at man

24 Sep 2018 | 11:06 AM

NEW DELHI: Two men were arrested and a juvenile was apprehended for allegedly firing at an 18-year-old in southeast Delhi's Jangpura, police have said.

Rafale Deal

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24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

NEW DELHI:In what is the first rebuttal to former French President Francois Hollande, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, through a Facebook post on Sunday, termed his statement as ‘questionable’ and added that ‘circumstances and facts’ demolish the claims.

Woman tests positive for Zika in R’sthan

24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

JAIPUR:An elderly woman from Jaipur was tested positive for Zika virus infection, officials of a medical college here said, adding it is the first such case in the state.

Post protest told to keep off church duties, says nun

24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

WAYANAD:A nun belonging to the Syro Malabar Catholic Church alleged she was asked to keep away from church duties after she participated in a protest by nuns in Kochi against rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

Naval officer to be rescued in 16 hours

24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

KOLKATA:The ordeal of Abhilash Tomy, the injured Naval officer drifting in the south Indian Ocean in his damaged sailboat, may end by Monday.

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24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

NEW DELHI:Police stations in the country will soon have special kits to collect blood and semen samples, besides other evidence, to carry out immediate investigation into sexual assault cases, officials said on Sunday.

Rlys moots 3-year jail for eve-teasing

24 Sep 2018 | 2:01 AM

NEW DELHI:Eve-teasing and harassing a woman on board a train could soon lead to a jail term of three years for the offender, according to a set of new provisions proposed by the RPF for inclusion in the Railway Act, a senior official said.

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24 Sep 2018 | 2:18 AM

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24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

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24 Sep 2018 | 2:02 AM

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Artists claim bias against WW-I Indian soldiers

24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

LONDON:A group of Indian artists, in the UK to mark the centenary of World War I, has claimed they have uncovered documents that reveal bias against the Indian sub-continent soldiers fighting alongside the British Army in the 20th century war.

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24 Sep 2018 | 1:36 AM

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24 Sep 2018 | 1:58 AM

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