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SC seeks Centre’s stand on lifetime ban for convicted politicians

By Astha Joshi-

The Supreme Court has asked the Central government’s stand on outdoing the prevailing law for convicted politicians, refraining them from contesting elections for six years and substituting with the lifetime ban.

The Election Commission has supported the plea of a lifetime ban for convicted political leaders.

Under Section 8(3) of the Representation of People Act, the convicted politician is banned from contesting elections for a tenure of six years.

It reads:

“A person convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years… shall be disqualified from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.”

The bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana was hearing the Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.