New Delhi, Sept. 6: The Lok Sabha tonight passed an amendment bill that nullifies a Supreme Court order banning jailed persons from contesting elections.
The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on August 27. There was much concern about it among some parties, particularly that of Lalu Prasad.
Today was the last day of this session of the Lok Sabha. The government wanted to extend the session at least by a day but the Opposition BJP was not agreeable. So, the Lok Sabha sat till late at night to pass the bill.
The amendment is set to restore the rights of people in custody to contest polls. Two days ago, the Supreme Court had agreed to review the order on those in custody, though it had stuck to its decision on immediate disqualification of convicted lawmakers.
The Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013, seeks to add the provision to sub-section (2) of Section 62 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Sub-section (2) states that a person does not cease to be a voter while in detention because his/her rights are only temporarily suspended.