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The law does not take into account the nature of crime, instead decides on the basis of number of years a convict has been put to jail by a court. Section 11 of the Act has provisions under which the Election Commission of India can remove any disqualification or reduce the period of any such disqualification.(HT image)

Allowing convicts with up to 2-yr jail term contest polls requires scrutiny: HC

By HT Correspondent | CHANDIGARH
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 01:54 AM IST
As a result, the law not only allows a convict to contest elections, but also allows a convicted member of the House to continue to hold seat, while serving his sentence.
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