Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Manu Sebastian February 26, 2018 9:37 pm Change Font Size Hearing a public interest litigation seeking a ban on convicted persons from heading political parties filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhayay, the Supreme Court recently expressed its view that a convicted person – criminal or corrupt – cannot head a political party and sought the final view of the Centre within two weeks on the matter. “A convicted person can’t contest election. Then how can he form a political party and select candidates? What you cannot do individually, can you do collectively through some agents? That is our question,” asked Chief Justice Dipak Misra on February 12. If A Convict Can’t Contest In Election, How Can He Head A Political Party? Asks SC “A man cannot directly contest an election, so he constitutes a group of persons to form a political party and contest an election. An … [Read more...] about India, Pak Supreme Courts In Sync On Disqualification Of Convicts From Heading Political Parties
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Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Mehal Jain March 26, 2018 10:31 pm Change Font Size The hearing in the PIL by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking a ban on convicted individuals from forming a political party and becoming office-bearers on Monday saw an interesting exchange of remarks between counsel for the petitioner, the Centre and the Election Commission of India. The petition involves the interpretation of Section 29A of the Representation of People’s Act of 1951 as to whether the ECI is empowered to derecognise the political party formed by a convicted person. “What is your stand,” inquired the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar from ASG Pinky Anand. “As observed in Manoj Narula [Manoj Narula v. UOI (2014)], there is no such power to debar in any situation…also, Registration under Section 29A of the Representation of People’s Act of 1951 is not … [Read more...] about Is ECI Empowered To Derecognise Political Party Formed By A Convicted Person: SC To Take A Decision On May 3
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Mehal Jain May 31, 2018 5:17 pm Change Font Size Advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay has moved the Supreme Court once again, this time seeking a direction to the Central Government to impose an upper limit of Rs. 2,000 per person per year on political donations in cash. He prayed that the exemption under Section 13A of the Income Tax Act of 1961 be given only to those political parties which contest elections and win seats in the Parliament or Legislative Assemblies in line with the recommendations of the Election Commission of India. He cited the findings of the Association of Democratic Reform (ADR) in its election expenses analysis for the Lok Sabha elections of 2009 that on an average, Members of Parliament declared an election expenditure of 59% of the total expense limit. Of the 6,753 candidates whose summary statements of expenses were available, a mere four candidates exceeded the ceiling and only 30 spent up to … [Read more...] about PIL In SC For Imposing Rs. 2,000 Upper Limit On Cash Donations To Political Parties [Read Petition]
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Yelena Biberman and Niloufer Siddiqui by Yelena Biberman and Niloufer Siddiqui May 7 at 8:00 AM Sheikh Yaqub, center, candidate of Pakistan’s newly formed Milli Muslim League party, waves to his supporters at an election rally in Lahore in 2017. (K.M. Chaudary/AP) Pakistan’s next election may not be until July, but one newly formed political party was just designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. Department of State. The Milli Muslim League … [Read more...] about Pakistani militants have created their own political party. Can it actually win votes?
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Akanksha Jain May 17, 2018 4:33 pm Change Font Size Calcutta High Court’s former judge Justice CS Karnan, who was once jailed for contempt by the Supreme Court and retired while absconding, has announced the launch of his political party to contest the 2019 General Elections. Justice Karnan has named his party ‘Anti-Corruption Dynamic Party’ and has announced that it would be contesting polls in 2019 from seats across India, including Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The announcement was made on the sidelines of a human rights convention in Kolkata. “My party will take part in the forthcoming (Lok Sabha) polls in 2019. We will decide on the number of seats but only women candidates will be nominated for contesting. “We are approaching the Chief Election Commissioner for registration of my party,” Justice Karnan is reported to have said. Justice Karnan is also … [Read more...] about First Sitting HC Judge To Be Jailed For Contempt, Justice Karnan Set To Launch His Political Party