ECI vested with absolute powers but still has to act according to law: SC

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission is vested with absolute powers, but still has to act in conformity with the law made by Parliament, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

The Apex Court said that even though the poll panel has powers to supervise and conduct free and fair election, those powers have their limitations.

It noted the contention of the counsel for the petitioner that empirical evidence supported the view that the current legislative framework permits criminals to enter the electoral arena and become legislators.

“There is no denial of the fact that the Election Commission has the plenary power and its view has to be given weightage. That apart, it has the power to supervise the conduct of free and fair election.

“However, the said power has its limitations. The Election Commission has to act in conformity with the law made by Parliament and it cannot transgress the same,” a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said while passing a slew of directions aimed at de-criminalisation of politics.  (AGENCIES)