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Politicians hail Supreme Court's suggestion to PM and CMs on the choice of their Cabinet ministers, but with rider
Supreme Court of India while dismissing a PIL , in which it has been demanded that PM should show exit doors to the tainted ministers in his Cabinet against whom criminal cases are pending, said that it could not direct PM to do so.
But the apex court suggested the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers of various states that they should not induct tainted MPs or MLAs in their Cabinet. A five-judge constitution bench, headed by the CJI RM Lodha, pronounced the verdict on a PIL by one Manoj Narula, who had sought direction against criminalization of politics.

"We are saying nothing more, nothing less and it is left on the wisdom of the PM to decide," the SC bench said, adding this is also applicable to CMs, according to a TOI report.

Leaders of various political parties have hailed the Supreme Court's verdict with a rider that while applying the apex court's suggestion on any MP or MLA the nature of criminal offence should be analysed first.

Rashid Alvi, Senior Congress leader

"I appreciate the verdict. I respect this verdict. And I hope that Prime Minister will act in accordance with the suggestion given by the Supreme Court. And all those ministers who have criminal background shall be dropped immediately."

Atul Anjan, Senior Leader of CPM

"I think, it is a correct decision. But unfortunately, this should have been the decision of the Prime minister and chief minister himself. Now, it seems that the moral authority or the moral forcing is not from the PM or the CMs. It is the courts that now have to see whether the political leaders or the PM has lost his credentials. It is a very sad for the India democracy that such type of judgements are are coming from the apex court. And these are basic ethics which every prime minister and chief minister should must have followed."

Vijender Gupta, BJP Leader

"The main motto of the Supreme Court verdict is to check if there is any person with criminal record in the ministry. So, I think the PM and CMs with whom SC has expected this thing, have been choosing their Cabinet members on the basis of high morality. And I can say about PM Narendra Modi that we have 100% confidence on his high morality. Not only us but the whole nation has that confidence. He is taking each decision in accordance with high moral ground. So PM Modi is acting according to the feeling of the apex court."

Shivanand Tiwari, a Former Janata Dal (United) leader

"If an MP or MLA is protesting against any issue in his constituency and if the concerned person against whom the protest is taking files an FIR against him then it is also a criminal offense. So, what is solution for people facing such charges. So due to such things people like me have reservations against such court rulings. But yes, if one is involved in rape case, murder case, or robbery case then court's order is applicable against those people. But bringing all the leaders under the ambit of such court rulings irrespective of the nature of cases against them is wrong. One should better screen the nature of offence against a MP or MLA and decide his status. Like in the Central government there is a minister against whom a girl has leveled rape charges. So such cases should be considered with respect to courts ruling. But I am against applying the court ruling without seeing the nature of criminal offence."

The bench in its order while refusing to recognize pending criminal cases against MPs as a disqualification for their appointment as ministers said the Constitution gives such primacy to the PM that he will have to set an example of constitutional morality by not appointing such persons as ministers against whom serious criminal cases or corruption charges were pending.

Presently in the NDA government, out of the 45 Cabinet ministers criminal cases are pending against 12 ministers, with highest number of cases against Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti.

The others in the Modi Cabinet against whom cases are pending are transport minister Nitin Gadkari (4), Women & Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi (1 case), Health minister Dr. Harshvardhan (2 ), Steel minister Narendra Singh Tomar (1), Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram (1), Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of state for North East Region Gen. V.K. Singh (2), Minister of State for Agriculture, Food Processing Industries Sanjeev Kumar Balyan (1), Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan (2), Minister of State for Food Raosaheb Dadarao Danve (4), Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha (4 ), Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan (2) .

Not only in the Central government's cabinet, but in the state Cabinets also there are many ministers with serious criminal cases pending against them. Now it is to be seen whether the PM and the CMs are going to act on the advise of the Supreme Court or not!

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