Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
Mr Sharad Arvind Bobde, Chief Justice of India
UPDATE: 03 Feb 2020
Last week we asked you to take action to stop the swearing-in ceremony of rape-accused politician Atul Rai.
He was granted parole by the Allahabad High Court to take his oath on 30th January 2020 in Delhi. We collaborated with NoRapeIndia, a collective of women’s rights and gender-based violence activists, to mobilise public pressure just two days before the oath-taking ceremony.
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DATE: 25 Jan 2020
Rape-accused politician Atul Rai is in custody since May 2019. While he won a Lok Sabha election last year, he was denied bail to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP).
However, recent news reports confirm that he has now been granted parole by the Allahabad High Court to travel to Delhi and take oath as an MP on 29 Jan 2020. We cannot let this happen.
The citizens of this country deserve a politician who represents and serves the public. The oath ceremony of an in-custody criminal undermines the status office of a Member of Parliament. It's possible that once Atul Rai takes the oath, he will misuse his position of power and adversely affect the trial of the case.
We have hope -- A delegation from NoRapeIndia (NRI), a citizen group that endeavours to take up matters on policy changes, implementation of the laws, first responder systems, and advocacy against rape are delivering this petition to Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of India and Mr Sharad Arvind Bobde, Chief Justice of India (CJI) on 27 January 2020.
They are urging them to quash the order of the Allahabad High Court and prioritise this petition paucity of time and urgency. Following the constitutional propriety and morality, let's demand that Atul Rai is not allowed to hold a high constitutional post till he is cleared of all charges.
In September 2019, the Supreme Court had denied Atul Rai protection from arrest, noting that he had 16 criminal cases against him. He even went missing during his own election campaign when an FIR was filed against him by a female student who accused him of sexual assault.
We need to stop this and we have some leverage here -- the Election Commission of India on Friday has urged the Supreme Court to get political parties to refrain from giving tickets to candidates with criminal backgrounds. Let’s tap into the movement and make it loud and clear that we will not tolerate politicians with criminal backgrounds.
(This petition is in collaboration with NoRapeIndia (NRI). The group is committed to take up policy changes, implementation of the laws, first responder systems, and advocacy against Rape. They envision an India where everyone is safe, where the systems and government work for the citizens, and against the heinous crimes of Rape and Sexual violence.)
Allahabad High Court Grants 2 Day Parole To Rape Accused To Take Oath As MP -- NDTV
Clean Politicians Always A Dream? A Rape Accused MP Has Just Been Granted Parole To Take Oath -- Business Today