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Supreme Court asks EC to decide on plea seeking to bar people with criminal record from contesting polls.

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The Supreme Court asked the Election Commission on Monday to pass a “reasoned order” on a representation seeking to restrain political parties from fielding candidates with criminal antecedents in polls. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde passed the order while refusing to entertain a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini […]

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Supreme Court to hear Wednesday Congress plea against EC’s decision to hold separate bypolls for 2 Rajya Sabha seats

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The Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear on June 19 a plea of Gujarat Congress challenging the decision of the Election Commission to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the election of BJP chief Amit Shah and party leader Smriti Irani to Lok […]

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Election Commission bribery case: High Court dismisses middleman’s bail plea

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New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed the bail plea of a middleman, arrested in the 2017 Election Commission bribery case which allegedly involved former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran and others. Justice Mukta Gupta denied relief to Sukesh Chandrashekar, who was arrested on April 16, 2017 for allegedly bribing EC officials for getting […]

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Supreme Court directs political parties to furnish receipts of electoral bonds and donors’ identity details to EC

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The Supreme Court Friday directed all political parties to furnish receipts of political funding received through electoral bonds and details of identity of donors in a sealed cover to the Election Commission. In an interim order, the apex court also directed all political parties to provide details of the amount of the bond and bank […]

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Arvind Kejriwal’s bribery remarks : Election Commission says will give advance notice before taking action.

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 The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday gave an undertaking in the Delhi High Court that an advance notice will be given to Arvind Kejriwal before taking any action, including derecognition of his Aam Aadmi Party, for his alleged bribery remarks during Goa Assembly election campaign in 2017. Justice Yogesh Khanna took on record the statement […]

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Supreme Court to hear plea to bar candidates from contesting from more than one seat

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 The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would hear after two weeks a plea which has sought to restrict a candidate from contesting from more than one constituency in a general election. The matter was mentioned for early listing of the plea before a bench of Justices S A Bobde, M M Shantanagoudar and S Abdul […]

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Will curb un-verified political ads on social media: Election Commission to Bombay High Court.

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The Election Commission (EC) Monday told the Bombay High Court that it will issue directions prohibiting all social media platforms from displaying political advertisements not pre-verified by it. The EC, through its counsel Pradeep Rajagopal, told the high court that a meeting between the commission and all social media intermediaries was scheduled for Tuesday. Following […]

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Voters have the right to know crimnal background of candidates: Supreme Court

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday favoured “proper” dissemination of information about criminal antecedents of candidates and the Election Commission could be asked to direct political parties to ensure that persons facing criminal charges so that voters can make a informed choice while exercising their franchise. After making these observations, a five-judge constitution bench headed by […]

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Bribery remarks: Complaint case filed against Arvind Kejriwal

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The Election Commission today told the Delhi High Court that a complaint case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was pending before a Goa court for his alleged bribery remarks during the January 2017 assembly polls there. The submission came in pursuance to the court’s earlier direction on whether any FIR has been lodged, as the […]

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GCCI moves HC against EC’s power to appoint surveillance teams

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The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) today moved a PIL in the high court challenging the Election Commission’s power to appoint surveillance teams, stating that they infringed upon a citizen’s fundamental rights. In the petition, the GCCI said the EC’s power to appoint static/flying surveillance teams, which in turn is entitled to search […]

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SC to hear plea by Congress party on Gujarat polls

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The Supreme Court today agreed to hear this month end a plea by the Congress party seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to frame guidelines for counting of votes through VVPAT machines in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly poll and other elections. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M […]

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SC seeks govt’s reply on plea for common electoral rolls

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The Supreme Court today sought a response from the government on a plea seeking a direction to the Centre and the Election Commission for common electoral rolls for Parliament, assembly and local body polls to save public money and manpower. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y […]

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Transparency in polls: SC seeks response of Centre, EC

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A plea seeking transparency in the poll process by making it mandatory for candidates to furnish information relating to any criminal offence today prompted the Supreme Court to seek responses from the Centre and the Election Commission. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notices to the Ministry of Law and Justice and […]

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EC bribery case: Accused again alleges torture inside jail

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Sukesh Chandrashekar, an accused in the Election Commission (EC) bribery case, today moved the Delhi High Court alleging that despite an order not to subject him to violence inside Tihar jail, he was tortured. The high court on July 24 had warned of “serious action” over the alleged “torture” of Chandrashekar, saying any such incident […]

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Symbol case: Accused seeks bail, court to pass order on June 9

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An alleged middleman, arrested in the Election Commission bribery case, today sought bail in a special court here on the ground of parity with AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran. The police, however, opposed the bail plea of Sukesh Chandrashekar, saying he was involved in 21 cases, majority of which are related to […]

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Symbol case: Court seeks police reply on bail plea of accused

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A Special court today sought a response from Delhi Police on the bail application of an alleged middleman arrested in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran. Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry issued a notice to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on the plea and posted the matter for arguments […]

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Plea in HC accuses EC of “dereliction of duty”

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A poll activist has moved the Madras High Court accusing the Election Commission of committing “dereliction of duty” in not lodging complaint against bribe- taking voters and has sought remedial action over the matter. Acting on the plea by activist Arun Natarajan, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar issued notice […]

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SC seeks EC’s response on plea alleging tampering with EVMs

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The Supreme Court today sought a response from the Election Commission on a PIL seeking investigation by software experts into allegations that Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were tampered with in the recent Assembly polls. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul issued notice to the […]

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EC favours barring convicts from contesting polls for lifetime

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) today told the Supreme Court that it was in favour of barring convicted persons from contesting polls for life and stopping their entry into judiciary and the executive. The commission also said it was in favour of setting up special courts to decide criminal cases related to people’s representatives, […]

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Issue guidelines for parties over illegal banners: Bombay HC tells EC

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The Bombay High Court today asked the Election Commission to impose conditions on political parties at the time of their registration that they would not indulge in defacement of properties as per the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act and laws governing skysigns and advertisements. The high court also asked the EC to consider issuing […]

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EC for immediate unseating of convicted MPs, MLAs

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The Election Commission today came out in support of a demand for immediate disqualification of lawmakers once they are convicted in criminal cases but told the Supreme Court that the provisions in the poll law were a roadblock in taking such a measure. The Election Commission said the convicted lawmakers enjoyed their status as MPs […]

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Complaint against Smriti Irani: Court order tomorrow

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A Delhi court is likely to pronounce tomorrow its order on a complaint against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly giving “false” information about her educational qualification in affidavits filed with the Election Commission. Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain had on June 1 reserved the order on the plea after hearing arguments on the aspect […]

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SC seeks EC reply on plea against ward-wise vote count

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought the response of the Election Commission (EC) on a plea seeking stoppage of ward-wise counting of votes on the ground that the declaration of result of every polling booth strikes at the root of right to privacy attached to voting. A bench comprising justices Dipak Mishra and N V […]

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SC notice on plea for restricting candidate to one constituency

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The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central government and the Election Commission on a petition seeking direction that no candidate could simultaneously contest election from more than one constituency for the same legislative body in the same election. A bench of Chief Justice P.Sathasivam and Justice N.V.Ramana issued notice on a petition seeking […]

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