New Delhi: More than 100 lawmakers in Bihar
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 pending criminal cases
Out of these, 64 members have serious criminal charges
pending against them, according to the data released ahead of
six-phase assembly elections scheduled from October 21.
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, it said.
About 213 candidates had serious criminal cases like
murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion,
etc., 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.
Besides six from LJP and three from INC had pending
criminal cases 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 (JDU) 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
backgrounds and urged the political parties not to give
tickets to tainted candidates.
"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
backgrounds," the association said.