Delhi HC publishes notice to Center and EC on advocacy against money transfer in election manifestos

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued an opinion to the Center and the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding a petition to declare the offer of money transfer in election manifestos by political parties as a “practice. corrupt electoral system ”.

The division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Judge Jyoti Singh also questioned the ECI for failing to implement its own guidelines against corrupt practices, and observed that powers are not adornments.

The CH asked the ECI not to just send notifications, but to act as well. “Why are you avoiding acting,” said the bench.

The court heard a petition alleging that the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the 2019 elections promised to pay money to people under different regimes in their manifestos.

“The negative impact of these corrupt practices cannot be ignored by any Indian patriot. If gifts, especially free cash benefits, were allowed to be offered as part of election promises, the vast majority of the electorate would be turned away from the dignity of work, ”said the petition filed by two lawyers.

The HC registered the case for a hearing on September 24 and also requested responses from the INC and TDP on this matter.


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