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A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Supreme Court lists 6 important steps for political parties who give tickets to candidates with criminal cases

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2020 11:10 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked all the political parties to give details of candidates with criminal background on their websites.
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Navi Mumbai, India - Sept. 15, 2019:NCP Chief Sharad Pawar held a party Workers meet ahead of State Assembly Election at Ganpat Seth Tandel Maidan Seawoods in Navi Mumbai, India, on Sunday, September 15, 2019. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Navi Mumbai, India - Sept. 15, 2019:NCP Chief Sharad Pawar held a party Workers meet ahead of State Assembly Election at Ganpat Seth Tandel Maidan Seawoods in Navi Mumbai, India, on Sunday, September 15, 2019. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

24 years later, it’s Sharad Pawar vs BJP again

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 08:08 AM IST
The Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in connection with an alleged Rs 25,000-crore scam in the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank filed by the ED against Pawar, his nephew Ajit and others has kicked up a political storm, just as the campaign for the Assembly elections gains momentum.
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It is telling that arguments on a petition by the SC defending its decision to not part with information on judicial appointments and assets of judges were made in the SC and before SC judges recently(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
It is telling that arguments on a petition by the SC defending its decision to not part with information on judicial appointments and assets of judges were made in the SC and before SC judges recently(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Of transparency in the judiciary

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2019 02:08 PM IST
Can there be different standards for transparency across different arms of the state?
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That we can be proud of some of our Supreme Court judges is as much credit to the men themselves, as it is to the institution(REUTERS)
That we can be proud of some of our Supreme Court judges is as much credit to the men themselves, as it is to the institution(REUTERS)

The Supreme Court has almost made believers of us

UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 06:37 PM IST
Some of the judgments have been unanimously hailed. Others have been welcomed by some and criticised by others. Interestingly, those welcoming some judgements are the very people criticising some others. This is a clear indication that the court has not taken sides or played favourites.
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Legal experts and advocates say the flurry of verdicts seen over the last five days by the Supreme Court has been unprecedented.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Legal experts and advocates say the flurry of verdicts seen over the last five days by the Supreme Court has been unprecedented.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

20 verdicts in five days: Hectic week for Supreme Court comes to an end

By Ashok Bagriya | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 09:57 AM IST
The cases decided in the week of September 22-28 covered a range of issues — criminalisation of politics, discrimination in India’s old adultery law, religious aspect of Ram Janambhoomi title dispute, civil liberties of activists, legality of Aadhaar and bar on entry of women in Sabarimala.
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The Supreme Court, however, lamented the growing criminalisation of politics in India.(Reuters/Picture for representation)
The Supreme Court, however, lamented the growing criminalisation of politics in India.(Reuters/Picture for representation)

House must act, but the courts cannot absolve themselves

By Milan Vaishnav
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 11:28 PM IST
The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that it did not have the authority to disqualify political candidates charge-sheeted with crimes — including sitting MPs and MLAs — from contesting elections.
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A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Politicians with criminal cases must be ‘kept at bay’: 10 observations by Supreme Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 11:51 AM IST
The Supreme Court said it is time for Parliament to make a law to ensure that politicians facing criminal cases are barred from contesting elections.
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The Parliament building in New Delhi(Bloomberg)
The Parliament building in New Delhi(Bloomberg)

Supreme Court says it can’t ban criminals in politics, leaves it to Parliament

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 12:13 PM IST
Under the existing law, politicians are banned from contesting elections for six years only if they are convicted for the crime. Also, there is nothing to stop convicted politicians from heading political parties.
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A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court is set to decide and deliver its verdict on a bunch of petitions, seeking to set the bar much higher for people in politics, on Tuesday.(HT File Photo)
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court is set to decide and deliver its verdict on a bunch of petitions, seeking to set the bar much higher for people in politics, on Tuesday.(HT File Photo)

Should netas facing criminal cases contest elections, Supreme Court to decide on Tuesday

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 12:03 AM IST
In March, the union government said in an affidavit to the Supreme Court that a total of 1,765 representatives, including MPs and MLAs, a little over a third of all representatives in India, face criminal charges.
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The Centre on Thursday conceded that the stage has come to stop criminalisation of politics by barring persons facing criminal charges from entering the legislatures, but it told the Supreme Court to let Parliament take a call instead of judiciary.(AFP Photo)
The Centre on Thursday conceded that the stage has come to stop criminalisation of politics by barring persons facing criminal charges from entering the legislatures, but it told the Supreme Court to let Parliament take a call instead of judiciary.(AFP Photo)

Criminalisation of politics can’t be ignored: Supreme Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 11:54 PM IST
“Corruption is a noun but becomes a verb when it enters the political arena. It is infective and resistant to antibiotics,” chief justice of India Dipak Misra commented.
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Police force has been deployed at sensitive pockets after the murder of two cadres of Shiv Sena at Ahmednagar in Pune.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)
Police force has been deployed at sensitive pockets after the murder of two cadres of Shiv Sena at Ahmednagar in Pune.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)

Violence in Ahmednagar, where crime and politics is ‘family affair’

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 10:44 PM IST
The distinct factor of the latest violence has been that leaders of political parties accused of Sena members’ killings and subsequent violence are relatives of each other
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