Decriminalisation of polity| Nothing is ever done and nothing will ever be done: SC

Decriminalisation of polity|
Nothing is ever done and nothing will ever be done: SC
Supreme Court of India. [Image for representational purpose only]File/ GK

New Delhi: Nothing is ever done and nothing will ever be done and we have to put our hands up, observed the Supreme Court on Tuesday while ruing over the non-compliance of its directions aimed at decriminalising the polity in letter and spirit by political parties.

The remarks of the apex court came while reserving its verdict after hearing arguments on a plea seeking contempt action against several political parties including BJP and Indian National Congress for non-compliance of its directions of February 13, 2020 during Bihar assembly polls.

A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman had said that the political parties were to publish the criminal antecedents of their selected candidates within 48 hours of their selection or not less than two weeks before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the poll panel, elaborated on the specifics of non-compliance of apex court's directions.

He said in Bihar assembly polls, the filing of nomination papers for first phase commenced on October 1, 2020 and the political parties mostly finalised their candidates very late.

This led to filing of nominations by candidates in the last few days and hence, the apex court's directions to decide candidates two weeks before the nomination and disclosing their criminal records, if any, were not complied with, he said.

While the submission was being made, the bench, also comprising Justice B R Gavai expressed its displeasure over the non-compliance of its directives on decriminalisation of politics.

Nothing is ever done and nothing will ever be done. We have to put our hands up, the bench observed.

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