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Who will stop criminal MPs? Can’t have 36% MPs/MLAs with serious cases contest polls

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In 2004, Carnegie Endowment’s Milan Vaishnav’s When Crime Pays pointed out that as many as 12% of those elected to Parliament faced serious charges, ranging from kidnapping to murder. And, by 2014, this figure had risen to as high as 21%. And, as the research shows, in the last three national elections, a candidate with criminal charges had a nearly three times greater chance of winning than a candidate that had no criminal record. Not surprising then, that the Supreme Court should be petitioned to debar politicians from standing for an election once a court framed a charge-sheet against them—when the government gave the Supreme Court a reply in the matter, it said that a total of 1,765 MPs........

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