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Criminal Neta Case | ‘There Should Be A Legislation In Place To Deal With Tainted Politicians,’ Says Eminent Jurist Soli Sorabjee

Written By Shatabdi Chowdhury | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Former Attorney General of India and eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee on Tuesday welcomed the massive move of Supreme Court to cleanse Parliament from criminal netas
  • He said that now ‘there is a need for a legislation to deal with criminal netas’

Former Attorney General of India and eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee on Tuesday welcomed the massive move of Supreme Court to cleanse Parliament from criminal netas, at the same time saying that now ‘there is a need for a legislation to deal with criminal netas’.

“We don’t want lawmakers and criminals to be in the legislature and the Parliament, the question is can it done by Judicial legislation, I don’t think so. But, can it be done with Parliamentary legislation? I doubt. But, it’s a good thing and we must make it clear that lawbreakers and criminals have no place in Parliament or in the state legislatures. But that is no to be done not by judicial legislation, but by Parliamentary legislation, state legislation,” said former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee.

While insisting for a Parliamentary and state legislation to curb the ‘criminalistion of politics’, Soli Sorabjee said there’s no place for lawbreakers and criminals in the Parliament.

“We don’t want lawmakers and criminals to be in the legislature and the Parliament. The question is can it done by Judicial legislation, I don’t think so. But, can it be done with Parliamentary legislation? I doubt. But, it’s a good thing and we must make it clear that lawbreakers and criminals have no place in Parliament or in the state legislatures. But that is no to be done not by judicial legislation, but by Parliamentary legislation, state legislation,” said Soli Sorabjee.

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Earlier in the day, while pronouncing verdict on a batch of petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers even before their conviction in criminal cases to curb "criminalisation of politics" in the country, the Supreme Court put obligation on political parties to disclose criminal candidates, by asking them to put out the details of criminal candidates on party websites and widely publicise criminal candidates ahead of polls.

"Candidate must fill up forms before contesting elections giving clear details of all cases pending against them. Political parties will need to publish the details of the cases pending against the candidate at least three times in the paper and tv after filing of nomination. If a candidate is contesting elections on behalf of a political party he will have to disclose pending criminal cases to the party," said CJI Dipak Misra while pronouncing the verdict.

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