Juvenile convict can contest elections: Patna HC

Patna High Court today observed that a juvenile convict could contest the Lok Sabha or Assembly elections after completion of sentence.

Patna: Patna High Court today observed
that a juvenile convict could contest the Lok Sabha or
Assembly elections after completion of sentence.

Justice S N Hussain made the observation while hearing
a petition filed by Siddhartha Singh, son of paediatrician
Utpal Kant, seeking the High Court`s order to Election
Commission to facilitate him to contest the upcoming Bihar
Assembly polls.

The court, however, refused to issue any specific
direction to the EC for issuing a notification clarifying that
a juvenile convict could contest elections after completion of
sentence.

Siddhartha Singh, who had served a three-year sentence
in a murder case when he was a youngster, is the LJP nominee
for Vikram Assembly constituency in Patna district.

PTI

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