SC dismisses petition seeking a ban on politicians with criminal records from polls

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a PIL filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay asking political parties not to field candidates charged with serious offences.

The plea also sought direction to withdraw symbol of a political party if it fields a candidate despite serious offences charged against him.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said Upadhyay may approach the Election Commission for the same.

Upadhyay’s PIL comes months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

(with ANI inputs)

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