New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha’s nod, parliament yesterday passed the Representation of People (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which will negate a Supreme Court order banning politicians in jail and under police custody from contesting polls.
The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on August 28.
At the start of the session, all parties were united in demanding that the government bring a bill to negate the apex court order.
The parties had apprehensions that false cases could be lodged by their rivals on the eve of any polls to get a candidate disqualified from contesting in keeping with the apex court order.
The bill negates the July 10 apex court order, which held that since those in jail cannot vote as per the electoral act, they cannot qualify for contesting elections to parliament or state assemblies.
Law Minister Kapil Sibal moved the bill.