The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed fines on eight political parties for failing to comply with the Court’s directions in relation to disclosure of details of candidates with criminal antecedents on their official websites in the Bihar Assemble polls last year.
These political parties were also directed to disclose information about such candidates in newspapers as well as on social media.
The Court was hearing a contempt plea which raised the issue of criminalisation of politics claiming that directions given by the apex court in its September 2018 verdict relating to disclosure of criminal antecedents by candidates are not being followed.
The Bench of Justice RF Nariman and Justice BR Gavai said, “We direct the Respondent Nos. 3,4,5,6,7 and 11 to deposit an amount of INR 1 Lakh each in the account created by the ECI as specified in this judgment in paragraph 73(iii) within a period of 8 weeks from the date of this judgment. Insofar as Respondent Nos. 8 and 9 are concerned, since they have not at all complied with the directions issued by this Court, we direct them to deposit an amount of INR 5 Lakh each in the aforesaid account within the aforesaid period.”
Six political parties – BJP, Congress, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Janata Dal United, CPI and Lok Jan Shakti Party were fined Rs 1 lakh for partial non-compliance. While, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were fined Rs 5 lakh each for total non-compliance of the Supreme Court’s order.