Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said the government will discuss and decide in the coming days on the two verdicts. "We could go back to the Supreme Court saying you ignored certain aspects," he told reporters.
    
In reply to a question, he said the government could also seek a ‘legislative remedy’ by approaching Parliament. It means bringing an amendment bill in Parliament.
    
"Talks with various political parties are on...whatever decision is taken will be based on consensus," he said. He said while government respects SC orders, "it is possible that the decisions have political repercussions on the political system and that it has not been fully examined."
    
Sources said the government feels that the Supreme Court bench that pronounced the judgement did not take into account the fact that the issue of constitutionality of sub-section (4) of Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act had already been settled by a five-judge bench in 2005.
    
This matter should have been decided by a constitution bench of the court. In its July 10 judgement, the Apex Court struck down a provision in the electoral law that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal in higher courts.

(Agencies)

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