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ADR Report Reveals Shocking Statistics: 44% of Sitting MPs Face Criminal Charges, 5% Identified as Billionaires

New Delhi, 29-03-2024 : A recent analysis conducted by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) sheds light on the alarming statistics surrounding the criminal charges and financial status of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in India. Out of the 514 sitting Lok Sabha MPs examined, a staggering 44 percent, amounting to 225 MPs, have declared criminal cases against themselves in self-sworn affidavits. Furthermore, a concerning 5 percent of these MPs are classified as billionaires, possessing assets exceeding Rs 100 crore.

The report uncovers a disturbing trend of serious criminal charges among sitting MPs, with 29 percent facing allegations of grave offenses such as murder, attempt to murder, promoting communal disharmony, kidnapping, and crimes against women. Shockingly, among those with serious criminal cases, nine MPs are implicated in murder cases, with five of them belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Additionally, 28 MPs face charges related to attempt to murder, the majority of whom—21 MPs—are affiliated with the BJP. Moreover, 16 MPs are entangled in cases related to crimes against women, including three allegations of rape.

The financial aspect of these lawmakers also comes under scrutiny in the report, revealing a significant number of billionaire MPs from major parties such as the BJP and the Congress. However, notable representation from other political parties is also evident. Disparities in wealth among MPs are starkly highlighted, with some possessing assets worth hundreds of crores while others have minimal assets. Notably, the top three MPs with the highest declared assets include Nakul Nath and DK Suresh from the Congress party, along with Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, an Independent MP, whose assets amount to hundreds of crores.

Furthermore, the distribution of criminal cases among states paints a concerning picture, with states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Himachal Pradesh having more than 50 percent of their MPs facing criminal charges. Additionally, the analysis delves into the educational background, age, and gender distribution among sitting MPs, revealing that 73 percent hold graduate or higher educational qualifications, while only 15 percent are women.

The findings of the ADR report underscore the urgent need for greater transparency, accountability, and ethical standards among elected representatives. Addressing the prevalence of criminal charges and disparities in wealth and gender representation is imperative to uphold the integrity and credibility of India’s democratic institutions. The public and policymakers alike must demand reforms that promote ethical governance and ensure that elected officials serve the interests of the people with honesty and integrity.