Deshbhakti Andolan welcomes apex court’s verdict in Dutt case

March 31st, 2009 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Sanjay Dutt Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Deshbhakti Andolan, the only organisation here which intervened in the Supreme Court against Sanjay Dutt’s case, welcomed the apex court’s ruling saying it is “the first step against de-criminalisation of Indian politics.”
Deshbhakti Andolan national convenor Avisha K. said the Supreme Court ruling has given a big boost to Indian democracy and the rule of law.

“The floodgates of criminalisation of politics would have been opened had the Supreme Court ruled otherwise,” she said in a statement here Tuesday.

Supreme Court Tuesday refused to suspend the conviction of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt in a criminal case to enable him to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow.

Along with Dutt’s application seeking to stay his conviction under the Arms Act, the apex court heard the intervener applications filed by the Andolan and three others.

Avisha stated in her application that the Representation of Peoples Act of India clearly prohibited convicts from contesting elections.

She pointed out that if Dutt, who was arrested and tried under the Terrorists and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) in connection with the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was permitted to contest the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, it would encourage hundreds of other criminals to enter Parliament and the legislatures and make a complete mockery of Indian democracy.

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