New affidavit form: Candidates need to detail pending criminal cases

New Delhi: The Ministry of Law and Justice has notified a new affidavit form to be signed by the candidates giving details of the pending criminal cases in deference to a recent Supreme Court directive. The candidate has to also declare in the affidavit that he has given full and up-to-date information to his political party about the pending criminal cases and all cases of conviction. The affidavit shall also mention total number of pending criminal cases and total number of convictions.
Every candidate has to declare whether there is no pending criminal case against him or give the details of the pending cases in reverse chronological order, the latest case first and backwards in the order or dates of other cases.
The details are to be provide in a tabular form that include FIR with name and address of police station, name of court, Sections involved, brief description of offence, whether charges framed or not and date on which the charges framed and whether an appeal or application filed for revision.
In case of conviction, the tabular details to be filed are: Name of court, sections of Acts/Codes involved, brief description of offence for which convicted, date of conviction and punishment imposed as also whether any appeal filed with its present status.
The affidavit has to also declare about no dues payable in respect of the government accommodation if occupied any time during the last 10 years, mentioning separately payment of rent, electricity, water and telephone charges. The candidate has to also declare dues paid with regard to the government transport, including aircraft and helicopters.
While the candidate has to declare if he owes income tax dues, he has to give details of the GST, property tax and any other dues of self, spouse and up to three dependents. He has to also declare any other liabilities in dispute, with the amount involved and the authority before which it is pending.

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