NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that candidates should declare their criminal antecedents to the election commission before contesting an election.
Headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, the five-judge constitution bench stated that the citizens of the country has a right to know about the criminal records of the contesting candidates in an election.
This verdict was passed unanimously. The verdict was declared after a number of pleas were raised questioning whether candidates facing criminal trial can be disqualified from contesting the elections at the stage of framing charges against them.
According to the existing law stated in the Representation of Peoples Act, the candidates are barred from contesting elections only after their conviction in a criminal case.
The verdict was reserved on August 28.
With inputs from Agencies