Offences under Kerala Police Act not substantive; failure to disclose conviction not ground to void election: Supreme Court

The Court said unlike the offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) or other special enactments, a person does not become a criminal if convicted under the enactments like Kerala Police Act.
Supreme Court, Justices S Abdul Nazeer and V Ramasubramanian
Supreme Court, Justices S Abdul Nazeer and V Ramasubramanian

The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the offences under the Kerala Police Act are not substantive offences and thus the election of a person cannot be voided merely because s/he failed to disclose conviction under that law [Ravi Namboothiri vs KA Baiju].

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