Coming down hard on the trend of multifold increase in the assets/properties of politicians across the country after their electoral victories, the Supreme Court of India wondered yesterday as to how all those politicians managed to go scot free and pulled up the Centre for not taking appropriate action against them for amassing wealth.
The apex Court was taking up a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by an NGO which requested the top Court to explain how politicians’ assets grow multifold especially after their electoral victories. It also requested that the Court to direct the concerned authorities to reveal assets of not only the candidates but also of their wives, sons/daughters.
A Bench headed by Justice Chelameswar posed many questions to the Centre and wanted to know whether the details of assets/properties filed by candidates during the filing of nominations to contest the polls are cross-verified with the income tax returns filed by those candidates. “Though the Centre speaks about electoral reforms from time to time, there is no information on the mode of action taken so far,” it observed.
“Is this the way the Centre functions? We want to know the action taken in this regard,” the Court told Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India Narasimha. “When the Centre is ready to implement electoral reforms, the delay in revealing basic details is quite baffling,” the Court said and asked the Centre to file these details by next Tuesday.