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SC refuses fast hearing on PIL against tainted politicians

IANS | New Delhi |

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hold an early hearing on a PIL seeking to debar the politicians from contesting elections for life if charges are framed against them in serious criminal cases.

Refusing to expedite the hearing on a petition by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashwani Upadhyaya, the bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said that their hands were already full.

The top court declined to hold an early hearing as Upadhyaya mentioned the matter for the setting-up of a constitution bench and expediting the hearing of the matter.

The Election Commission has earlier backed the idea of debarring convicted politicians from floating a political outfit or becoming its office bearer, saying that such a step would held in cleansing the political system.