40% of MPs are facing criminal charges… with Kerala topping the list: ADR report
According to the most recent report from the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), 306 (or 40%) of the 763 members of Parliament (MPs) have filed criminal charges against themselves.
The information was taken from affidavits that the MPs had submitted before running in their most recent elections.
25 percent of MPs, or around 194, have declared major criminal cases, including those involving murder, attempted murder, abduction, crimes against women, etc.
The highest percentage of MPs (73%) who included criminal offenses in their self-sworn affidavits were from Kerala, followed by Bihar, Maharashtra (57%) and Telangana (50%) in that order.
The majority of MPs involved in significant criminal charges are from Bihar (50%); Telangana (9%); Kerala (10%); Maharashtra (34%); and Uttar Pradesh (37%).
In terms of party representation, there were 139 (36%) out of 385 MPs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 43 (53%) out of 81 MPs from the Congress, 14 (39%) out of 36 MPs from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), 5 (83%) out of 6 MPs from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 6 (75%) out of 8 MPs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or
32 MPs have declared instances of “attempt to murder” (IPC Section 307), according to the affidavits filed. 21 seated MPs have identified incidents involving crimes against women. 4 of them (MPs) have disclosed instances involving rape in accordance with IPC Section 376.
The average wealth of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members is 38.33 crore rupees. The average wealth of MPs with criminal charges is $50.03 crore, compared to $30.50 crore for MPs without criminal issues.
With an average asset value of 262.26 crore, Telangana (24 MPs) has the highest average asset value among states, followed by Punjab (20 MPs) and Andhra Pradesh (36 MPs), all of which have average assets of 150.76 crore.
81 Congress MPs have average assets of 39.12 crore, 36 TMC MPs have average assets of 18.31 crore, and 385 BJP MPs have average assets of 18.31 crore, according to the research.Four Lok Sabha seats, one Rajya Sabha seat, and four J&K-specific Rajya Sabha seats are all vacant. Since their affidavits were not accessible, the affidavits of three Rajya Sabha MPs and one Lok Sabha MP were not examined.
s worth $8.72 billion, 31 YSRCP MPs have average assets of Rs. 153.76 billion, 16 members of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, now known as the Bharat Rashtra Samiti, have average assets of Rs. 383.51 billion, 8 members of the NCP have average assets of Rs. 30.11 billion, and 11 members of the AAP have average assets of Rs. 119.84 billion.
Four Lok Sabha seats, one Rajya Sabha seat, and four J&K-specific Rajya Sabha seats are all vacant. Since their affidavits were not accessible, the affidavits of three Rajya Sabha MPs and one Lok Sabha MP were not examined.