Pooja Sareen, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

The trial court yesterday gave the permission to an accused in murder to contest in elections. It’s about Sher Singh Rana, the key accuse in the murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolon devi, who is going to contest elections from jail for Rastravadi Pratap Sena in Uttar Pradesh. The court ordered Tihar jail authorities to take all possible steps to get Rana’s nomination papers filled up and ensure that they are sent to the concerned officer as per rules.

Sher Singh Rana, moved to the court of chief metropolitan magistrate, Vinod Yadav, seeking custody parole for filing the nomination papers for contesting the elections, from the Jewar constituency in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

On his demand, Yadav said, “I am not inclined to grant custody parole to the applicant for this purpose. However, if the applicant is eligible to contest assembly elections, then it is his constitutional right to have his nomination paper filed in the constituency in accordance with rules.”