New Delhi, Feb. 14 -- The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that political parties should publish on party websites, social media and newspapers details of candidates with criminal background who have been fielded to contest state assembly and general elections, in a move to bring more transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

Such details have to be published within 48 hours of filing of nomination in one local newspaper, one national newspaper and on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, the court said.

It further said that the parties will have to file a compliance report within 72 hours, adding that contempt charges will be pressed against the parties if they fail to follow this.

The details should explain the...