The SC ban on netas with criminal record will help clean up politics
The Supreme Court’s judgment which declared that a person cannot contest elections from jail, even if not convicted, will go a long way towards ridding politics of lawmakers with criminal antecedents (SC strikes again, bars jailed, arrested netas from polls, July 12). The verdict that came a day after the SC declared unconstitutional a provision of law that says a convicted legislator can continue in office if he/she appeals in a higher court within three months of conviction is a welcome move. Tainted politicians have no right to represent the public in Parliament or assembly as the individual concerned cannot be credible when engaging in informed debates on issues of public importance. However, the judiciary has to see to it that this judgment is not misused as an instrument for settling political scores.
Anchit Mathur, New Delhi
In a country where over 30% of sitting MPs and MLAs are facing criminal charges, the SC’s verdict will boost public confidence in the judiciary as well as the political system. Unfortunately, all political parties induct criminals and give them tickets to contest elections. The SC’s bottom-up approach towards cleansing our political system will close the door on criminals.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
The numbers are way off the mark
This refers to the editorial Saving face in India (July 11). There’s no doubt that strict action should be taken against acid throwers, but the figure — 1,000 acid attacks a year — mentioned in the editorial is either grossly overestimated or based on an unresearched article. According to a Cornell University survey conducted for the year 1999-2010, there were 153 incidents of acid attacks in India.
Vinay Jha, via email
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