Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Aug 2018 11:44:58

THE honourable Supreme Court may have spoken harsh words in describing criminalisation of politics as a ‘rot.’ But the top most court has spoken the reality that dogs the country’s political system. Terming some of those wearing political caps as “alleged crooks” the apex court has spelt out the possibility of directing the Election Commission to ask political parties to disclose criminal cases being faced by their members to know how many “alleged crooks” are there in their parties. Clearly the Supreme Court is incensed at the political parties’ unwillingness to weed out criminals from their midst and their penchant for taking advantage of the oft-misused dictum ‘innocent until proven guilty’ to allow them to enjoy political patronage and seats of authority. That is why the Government has taken the plea that the issue of disqualification of lawmakers falls under the domain of the Parliament. Experience shows that this domain does not want to act on this issue. Such leniency is never shown to common people. What happens to equality before law then?


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