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India Cabinet Counters Step to Ban Convicted Lawmakers, PTI Says

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- India’s cabinet moved to negate a ruling by the country’s top court that barred some lawmakers convicted of crimes from holding office, Press Trust of India reported, citing sources it didn’t identify.

The move comes after the ruling Congress party failed to pass legislation through parliament last month to cancel the impact of the court ruling, according to the report.

The number of lawmakers charged with offenses has more than doubled in the last fifteen years. About a quarter of federal and state legislators face charges that include murder, rape and kidnapping, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms, which has campaigned for better governance since 1999.

The Supreme Court ruling would have barred lawmakers facing a jail term of more than two years from office.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew MacAskill in New Delhi at amacaskill@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net

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