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http://www.mynews.in/News/_Jharkhand_polls48_cabdudates_with_criminal_records_in_second_phase__N31552.html
Author: 
Ch. Narendra
Date: 
01.12.2009
City: 
New Delhi

According to a report released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) as many as 48 candidates (36.92%) contesting in the second phase of Jharkhand Assembly Elections, to be held on December 2, 2009, are with self declared pending criminal charges.

Out of these 48 candidates, 23 candidates (48%) have declared serious IPC charges murder and attempt to murder charges against them All major parties give ticket to candidate with pending criminal charges like kidnapping, murder, attempt to murder, dacoity etc. AJSU-7, JMM-7, BJP-5, INC-4, RJD-4, JD(U)-3 616% Average increase in the assets of the 6 MLAs find to be re contesting in second phase

ADR and NEW, a nationwide campaign comprising of more than 1200 NGOs and other citizen led organizations, has been working on electoral reforms, improving democracy and governance in India.

Out of total 259 contesting candidates, NEW has analysed 130 affidavits of candidates contesting for 14 seats of second phase in Jharkhand. This report is based on the analysis of these affidavits. 

The following pages give the candidate wise, party wise analysis of criminal, financial and other background of the contesting candidates. 

Pending Criminal Cases
There are 48 candidates (out of 130, i.e. about 36.92 %) who have pending criminal cases against them as per their self attested under oath declarations. Out of these, 23 candidates have got serious cases against them, like that of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, extortion, causing hurts by dangerous weapons, dacoity and Illegal payments in connection with an election. 

Pending criminal cases Party wise :

Almost all major parties have given tickets to candidates with criminal background. AJSU has 7 candidates out of 12 candidates contesting election with pending criminal cases. JMM has 7 candidates out of 12 candidates contesting elections with pending criminal cases. BJP has 5 candidates out of 11 candidates contesting elections with pending criminal cases followed by RJD (4 out of 7) & INC has 4 candidates out of 11 with pending criminal charges. AJSU has 4 candidates (33%) out of 12 candidates contesting election with serious IPC charges followed by JMM, CPI(M)(L)(L), INC, BJP has 3, 3, 2, 2 candidates contesting election with serious IPC charges respectively. 

Assets :

Of 130 candidates contesting elections, 4 candidates have declared that their assets are more than a crore, i.e. about 3% of the contesting candidates are crorepatis. The highest assets declared are 27.11 Crores (approx) by Roshan Kumar Surin of INC from Khunti followed by Sudesh Kumar Mahto of AJSU from Silli (1.67 Cr approx).

They are followed by Nirbhay Kumar of JVM(P) from Giridih (1.61 Cr approx). 

NEW was able to find 66 MLAs that are re?contesting in these elections and whose affidavits are available from both 2004 and 2009 elections. The average increase in the assets of the MLAs in Rs is around 49 Lac and in percentage 616% 

Liabilities :

Several candidates have declared pending liabilities in their affidavits. Nirbhay Kumar of JVM(P) from Giridih has declared Liabilities worth more than 53 Lac (against his total declared assets of Rs. 1.6 crore). He is followed by Devnandan Singh of BSP from Mandu with liabilities of 41 lac (against his total declared assets of Rs. 4 lac

PAN Details :

Several candidates have not declared their PAN card details in their affidavits inspite of space for it in their affidavits. A total of 70 (ie.53.8%) candidates have not declared their PAN details. In addition there are 10 candidates who have declared their asset more than 25 Lac but have not declared their PAN card details. The list of such candidates is given below. (EOM)

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