One third Indian chief ministers face criminal charges
New Delhi: Eleven out of 31 chief ministers from various states and union territories in India have criminal cases against them while 25 of them are millionaires, an analysis of their self-sworn affidavits furnished during the assembly elections has revelaed.
The analysis, by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch, found that of the 11 chief ministers with criminal cases, eight (26 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal intimidation, etc.
The chief ministers having various criminal charges against them include Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh (BJP), Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra (BJP), Raghubar Das of Jharkhand (BJP), Nitish Kumar of Bihar (JD-U), Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh (TDP), K. Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana (TRS), Amarinder Singh of Punjab (Congress), Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala (CPI-M), Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir (PDP), Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi (AAP) and V. Narayanasamy of Puducherry (Congress).
Although 25 (81 per cent) of chief ministers are crorepatis (multi-millionaires), three leaders who top the chart are Naidu with a net worth of more than Rs177 crore (Rs1.77 billion), Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh with Rs129 crore (Rs1.29 billion) assets and Amarinder Singh with total assets worth more than Rs48 crore (Rs480 million).
The three Chief Ministers with lowest assets are Manik Sarkar of Tripura with assets worth Rs26 lakh (Rs 2.6 million), Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal with Rs30 lakhs (Rs 3 million) and Mehbooba Mufti with assets worth around Rs 55 lakh (Rs 5.5 million).