New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre in a plea seeking disqualification of elected representatives by the Election Commission of India upon conviction in criminal cases.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur heard the plea filed by Lok Prahari, a Lucknow based non-profit organisation that has sought implementation of the apex court’s verdict in 2013 disqualifying members of Parliament (MPs) and members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) convicted of a crime and sentenced for two years in prison.
The petitioner claimed that the state assembly secretariats do not notify disqualification of lawmakers, tacitly allowing them to continue as a member of assembly.
In July, the apex court had issued notice to the Election Commission of India on whether the commission should be empowered to automatically cancel membership of convicted MPs and MLAs.
The court did not indicate the next date of hearing.