India says tainted MPs can stay on, in defiance of top court: Reports
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Cabinet passed an order on Tuesday to undo a Supreme Court ruling that stipulated convicted lawmakers cannot hold elected office in parliament or in state legislatures, the Press Trust of India reported.
The Cabinet issued an ordinance to prevent disqualification of lawmakers convicted in criminal cases carrying jail terms of at least two years, the national news agency reported, quoting unnamed sources.
In a July ruling, the Supreme Court had struck down a provision in the electoral law that protects a convicted lawmaker from being barred from parliament if they have appealed their conviction.
The executive decree, passed at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, can become law only if approved by Parliament within six months.