Disqualification of lawmakers: AAP welcomes SC decision
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today welcomed Supreme Court`s decision that struck down a provision in the electoral law that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal in higher courts.
Terming the judgement as "historical", Kejriwal said it would help in keeping criminals and corrupt people away from politics.
"AAP had been saying that until people with criminal cases are not prevented from entering into the Parliament and the Assemblies, democracy could not be established," Kejriwal said, adding not only the convicts but also those against whom there is any charge sheet should not be allowed to contest elections.
He said the SC judgement would help his party`s campaign to clean the politics. Kejriwal said, according to ADR reports, one third of the Members of Parliament (around 161) have criminal cases against them, while there are grave criminal cases against 78 MPs.
Also in Delhi Assembly, out of 70 MLAs, 32 have criminal cases and of these there are serious criminal charges against eight of them.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch - Huge fire breaks out at petrol pump in Kota, Rajasthan
- NSG now 'nine times' stronger; receives technological strength from 12 countries!
- Bihar: Congress leader Brajesh Pandey accused of running sex racket
- BJP MP Yogi Adityanath compares Akhilesh Yadav with 'Aurangzeb' and 'Kans'
- Acrimonious remarks of political leaders during UP elections
- Reliance Jio's tariff plan from April 1; voice calls, roaming to be free: Mukesh Ambani
- 7th Pay Commission: Allowances committee raises HRA to 30%?
- Virat Kohli thanks sprint legend Usain Bolt for congratulating him on 'record' Puma deal
- IPL 2017 Auction: Reaction-filled Twitter erupts with emotions!
- BMC elections results 2017: BJP to gain big amid neck-and-neck battle with Shiv Sena, reveals latest poll survey