Welcome move, will it work?
Published on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:35
In the past few days, the Supreme Court has delivered two judgements that have far reaching consequences. Through one, it has barred the jailed persons from contesting elections, and this would be applicable even without their being chargesheeted or convicted of any offence. Through the other, it has also ruled that an elected representative cannot continue in office after conviction, even if an appeal is pending. Insofar as it is the court’s intention to cleanse the body politic of the criminal elements that have entered into, this is surely a welcome move. After all, the country cannot have rapists and criminals as lawmakers.