The Times of India

One-fifth of the candidates contesting from the lone parliamentary constituency in the Union territory have criminal cases pending against them, an analysis undertaken by the Association of Democratic Reforms and Puducherry Election Watch has revealed. 

Six of the 30 candidates, including 19 independents, have declared criminal cases against them in the affidavit they submitted before the returning officer. The candidates in the list include PMK's R K R Anantharaman, DMK's A M H Nazeem and Samata Party's M Marie Uthriyanathan. 

In the last parliamentary polls, only one (DMDK candidate K A U Asana) of the 28 candidates had declared criminal cases against him. 

Anantharaman was booked on charges related to "carrying arms in any procession or participating in any mass drills or training with arms and acting prejudicial to national integration, outraging the religious feelings of any class among other charges". Nazeem was booked for "disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant". 

Uthriyanathan was booked on charges of house breaking by night and theft in dwelling house among others. Independent candidate I Senthilkumar was booked for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and for obscene acts and songs. 

Independent candidate J Dhandapani was involved in a property dispute and another independent candidate P Bakkiaraj was booked for voluntarily causing hurt and obscene acts and songs.

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