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Vicarious liability applies to company leadership, but not to leaders of political parties. It should.

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06.10.2018

His last proposition is that no person who is convicted may be appointed a minister of the State. Well, so far as his intention is concerned, it is no doubt very laudable … is it not sufficient that we should trust the Prime Minister, the Legislature and the public at large watching the actions of the Ministers and the actions of the legislature to see that no such infamous thing is done by either of them?
Dr. Ambedkar in the Constituent Assembly Debates, on adding grounds for disqualification of Ministers (CAD Vol. VII)

Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Public Interest Foundation &Ors. V. Union of India, begins on a solemn note about the economic terror of corruption in public office—specifically, in relation to elected representatives. The ruling however concludes, as per settled precedents, that Supreme Court could not expand on the grounds for disqualification of legilslators—beyond what is already laid down in the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act. While the ruling cannot be faulted for adhering to settled constitutional principles, it serves as a reminder of the wide gap between the standards we hold our elected representatives to and the standards........

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