On Tuesday, The Supreme Court asked the Centre to give a proper answer within two weeks why it has not arranged a permanent mechanism to record the excessive assets of lawmakers. Last year on February 16, the top court ordered that the undue accretion of assets by lawmakers was a “sure indicator” of the beginning of a failing democracy and stated that if it lefts unrecorded it would cause the destruction of democracy and pave the way for “rule of mafia”.
To monitor the undue accretion of wealth by lawmakers, the center was asked then to set up a permanent mechanism which has not been followed by the center.
On Tuesday, an NGO called “Lok Prahari” claimed after filing a plea that on February 16 last year the top court had issued certain directions which were not obeyed by the Centre.
The court raised a question for the secretary to explain what arrangements have been taken by his department to part disclosure of assets which would amount to “undue influence” under the Representation of People’s (RP) Act.
A bench was made comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. They asked the secretary to explain it.
SN Shukla, secretary of the NGO stated that no permanent machinery has been created to monitor the undue accretion of assets of members of Parliament, members of Legislative Assembly and Councils.
Lok Prahari demanded the formation of a permanent mechanism to investigate candidates whose assets have grown disproportionately during their tenure as MLAs or MPs and also a direction to the candidates contesting polls to disclose their sources of income.
Referring to the Articles 38 and 39 of the Constitution, which mention that the state shall its policy towards securing that ownership and control of material resources of the community were distributed so as to best sub-serve the common good and guaranteeing that the economic system does not result in concentration of wealth and means of production to the common detriment.
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