The Justice JS Verma committee on Wednesday asked MPs and MLAs having heinous cases pending against them to voluntarily quit their seats as a mark of respect to Parliament, legislatures and the Constitution. This is one of the suggestions put forward by Justice Verma committee which went into improving laws dealing with crime against women.
In its recommendations, the three-member panel dealt with reforms in respect of political establishment and pitched for amendments in Representation of People Act, 1951 to deal with criminalisation of politics.
"We have suggested amendments to Section 33A requiring the making of a declaration about the pendency of any criminal case, whether cognisance has been taken of it. A certificate from the Registrar of the High Court should be necessary for the validity of the nomination. "We also suggest that, in the event cognisance has been taken by a magistrate of an offence...the candidate ought to be disqualified from participating in the electoral process," it said.
Currently, a person convicted of any offence and sentenced to more than two years imprisonment shall be disqualified from the date of conviction and for a further period of six years after his release. The panel also demanded that a candidate who fails to disclose a charge or the commission of an offence should be disqualified subsequently.