New Delhi: About 110 members of Bihar
Legislative Assembly have pending criminal cases against them,
including for serious crimes such as murder, kidnapping and
extortion, says a new survey.
According to a latest survey conducted by Association of
Democratic reforms and National Election Watch, an umbrella
body of about 1,000 NGOs across the country, a total of 109
MLAs in the 243-member Assembly have criminal cases pending
Out of these, 64 members have serious criminal charges
pending against them, according to the data.
The analysis was done on the basis of affidavits
submitted by a total of 919 candidates for contesting Bihar
Assembly elections in 2005. Out of which, 358 had declared
pending criminal cases against them and 213 had serious
criminal cases pending against them.
The ADR-NEW analysed affidavits of 233 MLAs and found
that 109 had pending criminal cases against them when elected.
A highest of 39 MLAs were from JD(U), followed by 32 from BJP
and 19 from RJD among others.
Six people from LJP and three from Congress had criminal
cases pending against them when they were elected, the data
A highest of 32 cases were registered against Pradip
Kumar, an independent candidate who won the election from
Warsaliganj constituency, followed by 25 cases against Kishore
Kumar, who won the poll from Sonbarsa.
"MLAs like Rajesh Kumar Raushan (RJD) from Kesariya and
Manoranjan Singh (JD-U) from Baniapur, all were charged with
more than 15 IPC sections related to murder, kidnapping and
robbery," the survey said.
The Association has demanded that upcoming Bihar assembly
election should be free of candidates having criminal
background and urged the political parties not to give tickets
to tainted candidates.
The six-phase elections in 243-member Legislative
Assembly in Bihar are scheduled from October 21.
"An attempt must be made to change the trend which
existed in the Bihar Assembly election, 2005. Parties before
releasing their list of candidates for the elections should
make sure that they do not field any candidates with criminal
background," the association said.