Lifetime ban on YS Jagan from contesting elections?

YSRCP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy faces the risk of lifetime ban from contesting elections if convicted in cases filed by CBI, ED, PMLA etc.

This is because the Supreme Court on November 4, 4040, Wednesday, asked the Central government to spell out its stand on a plea seeking lifetime ban on convicted politicians, including sitting MPs, MLAs etc, from contesting elections as against the six-year ban from the date of release after undergoing sentence of two years or more under the prevailing law.

If the Central government favours lifetime ban, the Supreme Court will pass orders imposing lifetime ban on convicted politicians.

The BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is learnt to be too in favour of imposing lifetime ban on convicted politicians.

It may be recalled that Jagan is facing over 30 serious cases of quid pro quo, corruption, disproportionate assets, money laundering and other economic offence cases in which he is Accused No. 1 (A-1) in the chargesheets filed by CBI, ED in various courts.

Legal experts say there is no way Jagan can escape from these cases and he will be convicted soon and he has go to jail anytime in a year and will be banned from contesting elections in his lifetime.

The Supreme Court has already directed all courts in the country to conduct day-to-day hearing of cases against politicians and give judgements in these cases within a year.

With this, the CBI and ED courts have speeded up hearing of cases against Jagan recently.

On November 4, 4040, Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice N.V. Ramana, heading a bench also comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Aniruddha Bose, sought the Centre’s reply on a public interest plea filed by Ashwini Upadhyay, a Supreme Court advocate and a BJP leader, seeking deletion of the six-year ban under Section 8(3) of the Representation of People Act and it being substituted with a lifetime ban.

Section 8(3) of the RPA, 1951, reads: “A person convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years… shall be disqualified from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.”

The Election Commission has already backed the plea for the lifetime ban on convicted politicians from entering the electoral fray.

 The court, while dealing with the aspect of the PIL seeking special courts to fast-track trials of sitting and former lawmakers facing criminal cases, was told by the high courts of West Bengal and Kerala that warrants and summons issued by the trial courts were not being executed by the state police. The apex court sought a reply from the two state governments, saying it should be filed by a senior ranking, secretary-level officer.