Cabinet Approved Amendments To Negate SC ruling On Convicted MPs and MLAs

The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Representation of People Act to negate a Supreme Court order on immediate disqualification of convicted MPs and MLAs.The development came after all major political parties backed the government on the move to amend the Act to negate the impact of the apex court verdict directing immediate disqualification of MPs and MLAs on being sentenced for more than two years in a criminal case.The Cabinet also approved amending the Constitution for overturning the SC ruling, which barred people in police or judicial custody from contesting polls. The two proposals were approved in the form of amendments to the Representation of People Act.
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