New Delhi, Jan 05: An application was moved before the CJI on Thursday to request the urgent setting up of a five-judge Constitution bench as directed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice PC Pant on March 8 last year.CJI Khehar has said that this issue would be a top priority and a Constitution bench would be set up at the earliest while agreeing to hear the PIL which seeks to debar a charge-sheeted person from contesting elections, said Upadhyay BJP leader.
Senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Vikas Singh, who moved the application on behalf of Upadhyay, told that there is a high possibility that the bench would be set up within a week.The matter is of constitutional importance and the CJI has asked the Attorney General and counsels for other petitioners to be informed. The bench would be set up within a week and if the court hears the mater for one whole day, then there is a high possibility that the verdict could come into force before the state assembly election starts.
The petition submitted by Upadhyay states that more than 33% legislators have criminal cases and Election Commission data shows that criminalisation is increasing every year. (Inputs from Agencies)