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Criminal cases against 363 honorable people of the country, may be disqualified on conviction, 296 MLAs and 67 MPs involved

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The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said that a total of 363 MPs and MLAs are facing criminal charges. On conviction, they will be disqualified under the Representation of the People Act. 39 ministers at the Center and in the states have also declared criminal cases registered under Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act. Sub-sections (1), (2) and (3) of section eight of the Act provide that a person convicted of an offense referred to in any of these sub-sections shall be disqualified from the date of conviction. He will remain ineligible for a further period of six years from the date of his release.

ADR and National Election Watch, an organization working for electoral reforms, analyzed the affidavits of 542 Lok Sabha members and 1,953 MLAs from 2019 to 2021. According to the ADR, 363 (15 per cent) of the 2,495 MPs and MLAs have declared that charges have been framed against them by courts for offenses listed in the law. Of these, there are 296 MLAs and 67 MPs.

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ADR said that among political parties, BJP has the highest number of such MPs, MLAs at 83. Congress has 47 and Trinamool Congress (TMC) has 25 such MPs and MLAs. According to the ADR, a total of 43 criminal cases are pending against 24 sitting Lok Sabha members and a total of 315 criminal cases against 111 sitting MLAs are pending for 10 years or more.

The offenses listed under Section 8(1), (2) and (3) of the Representation of the People Act are serious, heinous in nature. Bihar has 54 MLAs who are facing such serious criminal cases, followed by Kerala with 42 such MLAs. The ADR in its new report said there are four Union ministers and 35 ministers in states who have reported criminal cases.

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