Declaration of Criminal records must to contest polls: SC

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New Delhi: Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling that the election of a candidate, who has concealed his or her criminal antecedents during nomination process, should be declared null and void.

The experts have viewed the judgement as a landmark towards eradication of criminalization of politics. The verdict comes barely two days before the Delhi assembly elections in which the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party are locked in a tight contest.

The court also said that a voter who is not satisfied with any of the candidates, can opt not to vote for any candidate.

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The bench declared that ‘purity of election is needed to end criminalization of Politics and corruption in Public life. In 2013, the Supreme Court had passed an order saying that elected lawmakers would be disqualified if convicted by a court and sentenced to two or more years of imprisonment.