New Delhi: Of the 78 ministers in the Union Council of Ministers, 42 per cent have declared criminal cases against them, of which four also have cases of attempt to murder. This information has come out from the report of ADR. On Wednesday, 15 new cabinet ministers and 28 ministers of state were sworn in, taking the total number of members of the council of ministers to 78.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), citing election affidavits, said that 33 per cent (42) of all these ministers analyzed reported having criminal cases against them. About 24 or 31 per cent of ministers have declared serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, dacoity etc. Nishit Pramanik of Cooch Behar constituency, who became the Minister of State for Home, has announced a murder case against him. He is also the youngest face of the Council of Ministers at 35 years old.
Four ministers accused of attempt to murder
Four ministers have declared cases related to attempt to murder. These ministers are John Barla, Pramanik, Pankaj Choudhary and V Muraleedharan. Of the ministers analyzed, 70 (90 per cent) are crorepatis and the average assets per minister is Rs 16.24 crore. Four ministers have mentioned assets worth more than Rs 50 crore. These ministers are Jyotiraditya Scindia, Piyush Goyal, Narayan Tatu Rane and Rajiv Chandrashekhar.
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