The Hindustan Gazette
Rabia Shireen

PM Modi’s new Cabinet has 42% ministers with criminal cases and 90% crorepatis; says ADR report

Amid the cabinet reshuffle earlier this week, 36 new people were appointed and of 78 ministers in the Cabinet, 42 per cent have declared criminal cases against them, according to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) polls right group. Four ministers have cases related to attempt to murder, the report said.

PM Modi alloted the new lawmakers portfolios soon after the sworn in ceremony on Wednesday. As many as 15 new cabinet ministers and 28 ministers of state were appointed, making the total strength of the ministers to 78.

In it’s analysis of all the ministers, ADR citing their poll affidavits highlighted 33 (42 percent) have declared criminal cases against themselves. At least 24 or 31 percent ministers have declared serious criminal cases, which includes murder, attempt to murder, robbery cases, etc.

The report pointed out four ministers John Barla, Pramanik, Pankaj Choudhary and V Muraleedharan, who have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).

90% members of the new cabinet are crorepatis and the average assets per minister is Rs.16.24 crore. Four ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Piyush Goyal, Narayan Tatu Rane and Rajeev Chandrasekhar have declared more than Rs 50 crore worth of assets.

ADR is a poll rights group that often publishes reports ahead of elections, tallying affidavits to ascertain the criminal, financial, and other background details of politicians.


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