The Delhi High Court on Tuesday has said the Election Commission of India (EC) to ensure that its guidelines are followed by all the political parties and asked, “Do you have no power (to take action) under the existing law?”
A bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao said to EC,
“You wrote to them, but they have not complied. What further? When compliance has not been done, tell us what you propose to do? What powers do you have? Your response indicates helplessness on your part.”
The Delhi High Court also directed the EC to file an affidavit indicating what powers or options it has to ensure implementation or enforcement of its guidelines regarding disclosure of expenditure by political parties and what steps it can take when there is a violation of its norms by any political party.
The Court’s directions to EC came in the wake of a PIL by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) seeking implementation of the Law Commission’s recommendation and guidelines that a provision be enacted to monitor and regulate the expenditure by the political parties during elections.