India, Feb. 15 -- Yet again, the Supreme Court has expressed concern about the criminalisation of politics, directing political parties to publicise the criminal cases pending against their candidates in parliamentary and assembly elections. The order has come on a contempt plea filed by Ashwini Upadhyay, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who has been a relentless campaigner for electoral reforms.

Extending a 2018 judgment, the SC directed political parties to publish criminal backgrounds of their candidates not just on their official websites, but also in local newspapers and social media within 48 hours of their selection or two weeks before the first date of filing of nominations, whichever is earlier.

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