One-thirds Lok Sabha members confess to be criminals

Srinagar, July 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): A total of 1,460 MPs and MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits submitted to the Election Commission before contesting elections.

An analysis of affidavits filed by 4,807 sitting MPs and MLAs carried out by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) in the wake of Wednesday’s Supreme Court directions reveals that 688 (14 per cent) of the total analyzed have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

The NGO said 162 (30 per cent) out of the 543 Lok Sabha MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves and 14 per cent of the current Lok Sabha MPs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

It said a total of 1,258 (31 per cent) out of the 4032 sitting MLAs from all State assemblies have declared criminal cases against themselves and 15 per cent of them have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

The analysis further revealed that the Jharkhand 2009 Assembly has the highest percentage of 74 per cent elected representatives who declared criminal cases against them, with 55 out of 74 MLAs of the Jharkhand declaring criminal cases against themselves, Bihar 58 per cent and Uttar Pradesh 47 per cent.

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