Supreme Court of India. Photo/ANI
Supreme Court of India. Photo/ANI

SC seeks reply from Centre in candidates' assets case

ANI | Updated: Mar 12, 2019 16:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 12 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Law and Justice for a detailed reply within two weeks on why it has not constituted a permanent mechanism to check unprecedented increase in assets of political party candidates.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the Ministry on a petition filed by NGO Lok Prahari, which had sought a direction in the matter.
During the hearing, the bench, also comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, pulled up the government for not keeping a check on the increase in assets of candidates.
In February last year, the apex court had directed the Centre to create a permanent institutional mechanism to periodically collect data on legislators and their respective associates in order to examine whether there is a disproportionate increase in assets.
It had observed that the system created must also recommend action to be taken in appropriate cases.
The court had warned that the non-disclosure of assets and sources of income by the candidates would constitute a corrupt practice. (ANI)