30 percent of Modi's ministers have declared criminal cases

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Thirty percent of ministers in the Narendra Modi government have declared criminal cases against themselves and 18 percent have declared 'serious criminal cases', according to an analysis of their election affidavits. National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed affidavits of 44 of the 46 members in the union council of ministers that was sworn in Monday, said in a release that 91 percent of the new ministers were 'crorepatis' (multi-millionaires)

fwire May 28, 2014 00:15:21 IST
30 percent of Modi's ministers have declared criminal cases

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Thirty percent of ministers in the Narendra Modi government have declared criminal cases against themselves and 18 percent have declared "serious criminal cases", according to an analysis of their election affidavits.

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed affidavits of 44 of the 46 members in the union council of ministers that was sworn in Monday, said in a release that 91 percent of the new ministers were "crorepatis" (multi-millionaires).

It said NEW and ADR had written to Modi May 20 about the "disturbing fact that the newly formed Lok Sabha has a sizeable number of members (112 or 21 percent) facing serious criminal charges".

The two grops also requested Modi to include only clean representatives in his cabinet.

The release said Modi had committed to critically examine MPs with self-declared criminal cases and fast-tracking cases against them during his campaign speeches.

It said that of the 44 ministers analysed, 13 (30 percent) had declared criminal cases against themselves.

"Eight (18 percent) ministers have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, electoral violations etc.," the release said.

Uma Bharti declared a case related to attempt to murder, and a case related to sections on promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.

She also declared a case related to illegal payments in connection with an election.

Upendra Kushwaha of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, and Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party have each declared a case related to bribery, the release said.

Gopinath Munde declared a case related to kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person.

The release said details of Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman were not analysed as they were not members of either house at present.

It said that of 44 ministers analysed, 40 (91 percent) were "crorepatis".

"The average assets per minister is Rs.13.47 crore. Five ministers declared more than Rs.30 crore worth of assets," it said.

Arun Jaitley declared total assets worth Rs.113 crore and Harsimrat Kaur Badal Rs.108 crore. The other ministers with assets above Rs.30 crore include Munde, Maneka Gandhi and Piyush Goyal.

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

also read

MS Dhoni joins Viacom18 as brand ambassador
First Cricket News

MS Dhoni joins Viacom18 as brand ambassador

Former India captain MS Dhoni has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Viacom18.

Afghanistan: Women in Herat create online education for female students
World

Afghanistan: Women in Herat create online education for female students

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the country has become the most repressive in the world for women and girlst

'The only place for us': Banned from school, girls in Afghanistan turn to madrassas
World

'The only place for us': Banned from school, girls in Afghanistan turn to madrassas

The educational value of madrassas is subject to fierce debate, with experts saying they do not provide the necessary skills for gainful employment as adults