38.6c New Delhi, India, Monday, November 28, 2022
Top Stories
Interviews Know The Law Book Reviews Videos
About Us Contact Us
Judiciary

Plea filed in the Supreme Court to make electoral offences cognizable

By Editor : Shreya Bansal      Jun 11, 2018      0 Comments      688 Views

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to direct the Government to make electoral offences cognizable with a minimum punishment of two years in jail.

The offences listed as electoral offences are bribery (Section 171E IPC), undue influence (Section 171F IPC), impersonation (Section 171F IPC), false statement (Section 171G IPC), illegal payments (Section 171H IPC) and non-filing of accounts (Section 171-I IPC).

Presently, all these offences are non-cognizable with the punishment of one year in prison, or fine, or both.

The petition that has been filed by Supreme Court Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay states that successive governments did not act on the Election Commission’s recommendations since 1992 for harsher punishment. This resulted into an erosion of public trust in the electoral system as parties and candidates use bribery not only in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections but also in by-elections.

“In 1992, the Election Commission proposed that punishments for these offences be enhanced to two years, and these offences be made cognizable. Since 1992, it has reiterated the proposals many times, but the successive governments did nothing to implement them.” Mr. Upadhyay said.



Tags:
Supreme Court of India
Share this article:


Editor : Shreya Bansal
Editor
     



Leave a feedback about this




Related Posts
View All

TRENDING NEWS


TOP STORIES


ADVERTISEMENT


Lawstreet Advertisement

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email