Soon, election candidates will have to reveal the income source of their spouses
The Election Commission has also agreed in principle to this new development
Politicians contesting in elections will soon have to declare the income source of their spouses along with their own. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) stated this in the Supreme Court while hearing a case related to politicians amassing huge wealth while in office.
The CBDT had given the apex court names of 105 parliamentarians and legislators who showed a substantial increase in their assets between two elections.
The Election Commission, according to CBDT officials, has also agreed in principle to this new decision, an India Today report said. “This is for a healthier democracy…to usher in more transparency. We have had two rounds of discussions with the EC. The government has amended the conduct of election rules to include a fresh column in the affidavit relating to the source of income of self and spouse,” informed Attorney General KK Venugopal to a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar.
Last year the Election Commission had also approached the law ministry in regard to the need to change the existing rules. At present a candidate, while filing the nomination paper is required only to give details of assets and liabilities of self, spouse and three dependents but not the source of income.In a related development, the supreme court bench has asked the government to consider the setting up of fast track courts to deal swiftly with criminal cases against parliamentarians and legislators.