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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Top court says people with criminal record are not expected to become part of government.India’s top court said Wednesday lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government with 13 ministers in the current administration facing charges for attempted murder rioting and other offences.

The five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha however stopped short of prescribing disqualification for such people from becoming ministers.

The bench also comprising justices Dipak Mishra Madan B Lokur Kurian Joseph and S A Bobde passed unanimous verdict in the matter with two judges giving separate opinions.

The ruling shines a spotlight on Narendra Modi and his cabinet after the right-wing prime minister swept to power this year pledging clean governance.

The Supreme Court ruled Modi should be left to choose his cabinet at his discretion but said it hoped the premier would take into account public expectations and India’s democratic values.

“We leave it to the wisdom of the prime minister to see whether people with criminal backgrounds are appointed as ministers” Justice Dipak Mishra told the court.

“Ultimately it is expected that people with criminal backgrounds should not be part of the Council of Ministers” said Mishra who headed a bench of five judges.

“Ultimately it is expected that the prime minister should consider and not choose a person with a criminal background and that is the constitution’s expectation.”

“He (PM) has to bear in mind that unwarranted elements or persons who are facing charge in certain category of offences may thwart or hinder the canons of constitutional morality or principles of good governance and eventually diminish the constitutional trust.”

The court was handing down its judgment on a petition seeking to bar MPs with “criminal backgrounds” including those charged but not yet convicted of crimes from being appointed ministers in state and federal governments.

The court said it could not disqualify such MPs from cabinet. India bans those convicted of serious crimes from holding office but not those facing charges. Modi won a landslide election in May partly on a promise to clean up government after the previous Congress-led administration was plagued by corruption and other scandals.

Thirteen of Modi’s 45 ministers have been charged with criminal offences including eight facing serious charges according to the Delhi-based Association of Democratic Reforms a clean government advocacy group.

Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti has 13 cases pending including two charges related to attempted murder and six charges related to rioting the association said.

Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has four cases including one charge of criminal intimidation. Modi’s most trusted aide and president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah faces charges of ordering extra-judicial killings and of extortion dating back to his time as home minister in the western state of Gujarat.

MPs say the charges against them are false or trumped up by political opponents seeking to harm their reputations.

Rakesh Dwivedi who was appointed to help the Supreme Court with the case said the judgment stressed the premier should take into account “the fact that the criminalisation of politics destroys democracy”.

“They should keep in view the principles of public morality trust and conventions” he told the NDTV network.

India has a long history of electing MPs with criminal records in a country where millions have traditionally voted strictly along caste and religious lines.

MPs convicted of crimes have customarily continued to hold office simply by filing an appeal in India’s clogged and notoriously slow courts.

But in a landmark judgment last July the Supreme Court ruled that MPs sentenced to more than three years in jail should be disqualified regardless of any appeal.

The previous government attempted to reverse the ruling which affected a long list of MPs but dropped its bid after facing internal dissent and a major public backlash. For more news from Khaleej Times follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on Twitter at khaleejtimes Follow khaleejtimes ->

 


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