New Delhi: The petitioners of a public interest litigation (PIL) that questioned the power of courts to suspend convictions of political candidates was withdrawn before a bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan on Friday.
The petition, filed by three Lucknow-based lawyers—Hanuman Tripathi, Krishna Saran and Alok Saran— expressed concern that “hard core criminals found guilty of abductions, murders, extortions and even terrorism are getting suspension of their convictions from courts”, based on a 2007 judgement of the apex court that suspended a criminal conviction of former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is now a member of Parliament representing the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The bench said that such a question involving a judgement by the three-judge bench could not be raised in a PIL but in a review petition.
Upon this, Senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi appearing for the petitioners chose to withdraw the petition, said advocate Vipin Kumar Jai who filed the petition for the petitioners.