Seven Karnataka Ministers, including Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, face criminal charges ranging from forgery to causing death by negligence, said two election watchdogs in a report here on Friday.

The report by the Karnataka Election Watch and Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) was based only analysis of the poll affidavits belonging to 26 of 27 cabinet ministers, save Women and Child Development Minister Jayamala, the lone woman minister, whose affidavit was not available, ADR said.

It said that seven (27 per cent) of the 26 ministers, including Kumaraswamy have declared criminal cases against them, while four ministers, including him, face serious criminal charges.

The other six ministers are Venkatrao Nadagouda (Animal Husbandry and Fisheries), BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan (Food and Civil Supplies), DK Shivakumar (Water Resources and Medical Education), DC Thammanna (Transport), N Mahesh (Primary and Secondary Education) and Ramesh L Jarkiholi (Municipalities and Local Bodies).

Kumaraswamy faces serious criminal charges, including forgery for the purpose of cheating, causing disappearance of evidence, and other charges relating to criminal breach of trust.

Twenty five of the 26 ministers are crorepatis, as per the asset declarations in their poll affidavits, with Shivakumar being the richest with total assets worth Rs 840 crore.

Kumaraswamy is also among the top five ministers with highest declared assets and income, with total assets worth over Rs 160 crore. 

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