Supreme Court historic judgement; election candidates need to disclose income sources as well

law currently says a candidate is required to disclose details of assets and liabilities for themselves, spouse and three dependents in Form 26 while filing nomination paper but not the source of income

Supreme Court historic judgement; election candidates need to disclose income sources as well

In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Friday said candidates contesting elections will have to disclose the sources of their income as well as that of their wife and children.

The crucial judgement was delivered by a bench of justice J Chelameswar and justice S Abdul Nazeer.

The bench was hearing the public interest litigation filed by Lok Prahari, an NGO that fights corruption.

It need be mentioned that the law currently says a candidate is required to disclose details of assets and liabilities for themselves, spouse and three dependents in Form 26 while filing nomination paper but not the source of income.

Lok Prahri sought the court’s direction to amend the Representation of the People Act to make it mandatory for candidates to disclose the sources of their income and that of their family members.

The NGO also pleaded for a direction to the central government to ensure an amendment in the law to disqualify a lawmaker if he has a share or interest in a firm that enters into a business contract with the government or a public company.

Even the Election Commission told the Supreme Court in January that it must be made mandatory for the candidates to disclose their sources of income along with that of their spouse and dependents at the time of filing nomination to bring transparency in the election process.

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