24 November, 2020

Objection Sustained

A doughty 85-year-old advocate strikes a blow for clean politics

Jitender Gupta
Objection Sustained

Five months ago, Supreme Court advocate Lily Thomas approached constitutional expert Fali S. Nariman with a request: “Please argue my case.” Having heard her out, Nariman agreed. Says Lily, “My petition required someone of the stature of Mr Nariman to argue before the court.” It was the petition that led to the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement this week that MPs and MLAs must immediately be disqualified on conviction. Earlier, they were allowed three months to file an appeal; now, they may appeal, but after immediate disqualification. It’s a judgement political parties, criminals in politics and corrupt holders of public office will find difficult to ignore.

The list of politicians—convicted or not—with involvement in crime, scams, financial wrong-doings, corruption and so on is long. Many, such as those inv­olved in the CWG and 2G scams, have high-profile defence lawyers. Some have been convicted by a lower court, but pending appeal, continue to be legislators; some even hold posts in government. The verdict of the...



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