SUPREME COURT

PIL IN SUPREME COURT SEEKING TO MAKE BRIBERY & OTHER ELECTION OFFENCES COGNIZABLE, PUNISHABLE WITH MIN 2-YR JAIL TERM

A PIL filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay reiterates the February 15, 1992 proposal of the Election Commission of India wherein it had told the government to make election offences cognizable with minimum two years of imprisonment.

The Advocate said that these election offences have caused injury to the public and affected free and fair elections while submitting that “2000 onwards, not only the Parliament and State Assembly General Election, even in the by-election bribery is used to support particular political parties and candidates, which is against the basic dictum of democracy and free and fair election in spirit of Articles 14, 19 and 324 of the Constitution of India”.