A lawmaker stands disqualified if conviction not stayed: SC

By: PTI | New Delhi |
Published: July 23, 2018 9:30:50 pm

The court, however, had then said that its decision would not apply to convicted MPs and MLAs or MLCs who have already filed their appeals in higher courts before pronouncement of the verdict.

The Supreme Court today said that a lawmaker, whose conviction in a criminal case has not been stayed by an appellate court, would stand disqualified from the membership of the House. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also reserved its verdict on a plea filed by NGO ‘Lok Prahari’ which alleged that the 2013 verdict of the apex court in the Lilly Thomas case was being flouted by the Members of Parliament, MLAs and MLCs, who continue to hold their memberships even after their convictions in criminal cases.

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