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In a setback to seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case which includes four Sri Lankans, will remain in Vellore Central Prison in Tamil Nadu, as a five judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the Tamil Nadu government headed by J Jayalalithaa could not have unilaterally granted them remission.
Read more here: reviving the politics of remission
Recently polls have been announced in Tamil Nadu.
There is every possibility that remission action can be used as a trump card to gain votes.
So, need we not check this as it goes against Model Code of Conduct- influencing votes by populist policies?
What does Election Commission of India has to say on it?
Q- Would action be taken if any reference was made on the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to remit the life sentence of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts?
Ans- As and when the reference comes, the Commission will take an appropriate view to ensure that our voters are not influenced.
Two Judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India upheld the validity of Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act 8 of 2015), which introduced the minimum educational qualification for candidates to contest the panchayat elections. The Bench consisting of Justice Chelameswar and A.M.Sapre held that both the rights namely “Right to Vote” and “Right to Contest” are not fundamental Rights but only constitutional rights of the citizen.
Supreme Court also upheld the clauses of the Act which disqualify persons who are in arrears of amounts to cooperative bodies and the electricity bills and also if a person has no functional toilet at his place of residence.
Published with inputs from Swapnil