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34% State Ministers Have Criminal Cases Against Them, 76% Are ‘Crorepatis’: Study

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New Delhi:  As many as 34 per cent of the ministers from State Assemblies have declared criminal cases against them, while 76 per cent are crorepatis with average assets of Rs 8.59 crore, finds a new study.

 A total of 609 ministers out of 620 have been analysed from 29 State Assemblies and two Union Territories.

“Out of the 609 ministers analysed from state Assemblies, 462 (76 per cent) are crorepatis,” Delhi-based think-tank ADR said in its study released today.

 Among the ministers with highest assets include Ponguru Narayana of Telugu Desam Party with total assets of Rs 496 crore, followed by D K Shivakumar of Congress (Rs 251 crore), said the Association for Democratic Reforms.
“Out of the 609 ministers analysed from State Assemblies, 210 (34 per cent) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of the 78 Union council of ministers analysed, 24 (31 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves,” it added.
Moreover, 113 ministers from State Assemblies have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, and crime against women.

Out of the 78 ministers analysed from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, 14 have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, the study said.

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