New Delhi: Taking a step towards negating a Supreme Court order, the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the Representation of People Act to allow a person in police custody to file nomination to fight an election. Moving the amendments, Law Minister Kapil Sibal said the apex court judgement was ‘clearly erroneous’ and advised the judiciary to be “extremely careful” in giving rulings which have an impact on the polity of the country. The Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013, which was passed by the House, seeks to add a proviso to sub-section (2) of section 62 of the RP Act to state that a person cannot cease to be a voter while in detention as his or her right is only temporarily suspended.

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