Advise parties not to field criminals: HC tells EC

Advise parties not to field criminals: HC tells EC

The Madras High Court has said that the State Election Commission is supposed to obey the direction of the court mandating it to write to all political parties asking them not to field any candidate with criminal background in the local body polls.

“Whether it (such measure) would be effective or not is not the concern of the election authorities,” Justice N. Kirubakaran said.

“Though it is stated that it is practically impossible to implement the direction given as clause 9 that is with regard to the criminal background of the candidate, the direction has been given only to give a sense of responsibility to the political leaders who chose candidates for election and whether it would be effective or not is not the concern of the Election Commission. The Election Commission is to obey the direction given by the court”, said Justice N Kirubakaran.

He gave the directive while disposing of petitions relating to providing reservation and delimitations and other reliefs, filed by DMK and two others.

On October 4, the judge directed the State Election Commission to write to all recognised parties asking them not to field and support candidates with criminal background in the civic polls.