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In an attempt to decriminalise politics, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed political parties to upload on their respective official websites details of pending criminal cases against candidates contesting elections.

The apex court also sought an explanation from the parties over the selection of such candidates and said the information must be uploaded on social media as well as published in newspapers.

The Supreme Court said the parties must submit a report of compliance to the Election Commission within 74 hours of selecting such candidates, failing which the poll panel must inform the apex court.

The court’s direction came after it noted an alarming increase in criminalisation of politics in the last four general elections.

Abhishek Lohia is a Special Correspondent at News21 Chaupal. He has been working as a Political Journalist covering ruling Politics, Governance, renewable energy, the job market, and FMCG. He has previously worked in Newsfolo. A graduate in Engineering, he completed his PG diploma in journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. Abhishek loves cricket and long drives to mountains and writing RAP. He can be reached at: Abhishek.lohia@N21chaupal.com

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