Press Release: Analysis of Criminal, Financial, and Other background details of Union Council of Ministers Post Cabinet Expansion on 7th July, 2021

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                                                                                                                Date: July 9, 2021
 
Dear Friends, 

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn latest affidavits of all 78 ministers (Including Prime Minister) from Lok Sabha 2019, current Rajya Sabha and assembly elections.


Summary and Highlights
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Criminal Background
  • Ministers with Criminal Cases: Out of the 78 Ministers analysed, 33 (42%) Ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves.
  • Ministers with Serious Criminal Cases: 24 (31%) Ministers have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, Robbery etc.
  • Minister with case related to Murder: Nisith Pramanik from Cooch Behar Constituency has declared case related to murder (IPC Section-302) against himself.
  • Minister with case related to Attempt to Murder: 4 ministers have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).

S.No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party

Total Cases

Serious IPC

Other IPC

1

John Barla

West Bengal

Alipurduars

BJP

9

24

38

2

Sri Nisith Pramanik

West Bengal

Cooch Behar

BJP

11

21

23

3

Pankaj Choudhary

Uttar Pradesh

Maharajganj

BJP

5

6

9

4

V. Muraleedharan

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

7

3

42


  • Ministers with cases related to causing Communal Disharmony: 5 Ministers have declared cases related to Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC Section-153A) and Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs (IPC Section-295A). The details of these Ministers are given below: 

S.No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party

Total Cases

Serious IPC

Other IPC

1

Amit Shah

Gujarat

Gandhinagar

BJP

4

4

7

2

Giriraj Singh

Bihar

Begusarai

BJP

6

9

7

3

Shobha Karandlaje

Karnataka 

Udupi Chikmagalur

BJP 

3

1

3

4

Nityanand Rai

Bihar

Ujiarpur

BJP

3

4

3

5

Pralhad Joshi

Karnataka

Dharwad

BJP

1

1

1

Table: Ministers with declared cases related to causing Communal Disharmony

  • Ministers with cases related to Electoral Violations: 7 Ministers have declared cases related to Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC Section-171H), Bribery (IPC Section – 171E) and undue influence or personation at an election (IPC Section-171F). The details of these Ministers are given below: 

S. No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party

Total Cases

Serious IPC

Other IPC

1

Nitin Jairam Gadkari

Maharashtra

Nagpur

BJP

4

5

5

2

Satyapal Singh Baghel

UTTAR PRADESH

AGRA

BJP

5

8

9

3

Giriraj Singh

Bihar

Begusarai

BJP

6

9

7

4

Pankaj Choudhary

UTTAR PRADESH

MAHARAJGANJ

BJP

5

6

9

5

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Bihar

Buxar

BJP

3

2

15

6

Bhagwanth Khuba

KARNATAKA

BIDAR

BJP

1

1

0

7

Kaushal Kishore

UTTAR PRADESH

MOHANLALGANJ

BJP

1

1

0

Table: Ministers with declared cases related to Electoral Violations


Financial Background

  • Crorepati Ministers: Out of the 78 Ministers analysed, 70 (90%) are crorepatis.
  • Average Assets: The average assets per Minister is Rs.16.24 crores.
  • High Asset Ministers*: 4 Ministers have declared more than Rs.50 crores worth of assets. These Ministers are as follows:

S.No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party Name

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Jyotiraditya M. Scindia

Madhya Pradesh

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

50,05,10,644

3,28,98,18,500

3,79,03,29,144
 379 Crore+

Y

2

Goyal Piyush Vedprakash

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

78,71,42,134

16,66,44,300

95,37,86,434
 95 Crore+

Y

3

Narayan Tatu Rane

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

44,83,89,483

42,93,94,622

87,77,84,105
 87 Crore+

Y

4

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Karnataka

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

51,64,35,965

12,96,00,000

64,60,35,965
 64 Crore+

Y

*Total Assets includes assets of self, spouse and dependents.

  • Low Asset Ministers: A total of 8 Ministers have declared assets less than Rs. 1 crore. These 8 Ministers with lowest assets are as follows:

S.No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party Name

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Pratima Bhoumik

Tripura

Tripura West

BJP

2,50,398

3,92,000

6,42,398
 6 Lacs+

Y

2

John Barla

West Bengal

Alipurduars

BJP

5,18,730

9,00,000*

14,18,730
 14 Lacs+

Y

3

Kailash Choudhary

Rajasthan

Barmer

BJP

24,02,250

0

24,02,250
 24 Lacs+

Y

4

Bishweswar Tudu

Odisha

Mayurbhanj

BJP

17,42,000

10,00,000

27,42,000
 27 Lacs+

Y

5

V. Muraleedharan

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

7,71,646

20,00,000

27,71,646
 27 Lacs+

Y

6

Rameswar Teli

Assam

Dibrugarh

BJP

19,26,067

24,44,000

43,70,067
 43 Lacs+

Y

7

Shantanu Thakur

West Bengal

Bangaon

BJP

52,65,388

0

52,65,388
 52 Lacs+

Y

8

Sri Nisith Pramanik

West Bengal

Cooch Behar

BJP

51,29,810

45,00,000

96,29,810
 96 Lacs+

Y

* on assets value indicates that the Ministers have not provided the total in their affidavits, it has been calculated on the basis of details provided by them in the same

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • Ministers with High Liabilities: A total of 16 Ministers have declared liabilities of Rs. 1 crore and above. Out of these 16 Ministers, 3 have declared liabilities of Rs. 10 crores and above. These Ministers are as given below:

S.No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party Name

Total Assets(Rs)

Liabilities (Rs)

Disputed liabilities (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Narayan Tatu Rane

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

87,77,84,105
 87 Crore+

# 30,55,81,732
 30 Crore+

2,15,49,859
 2 Crore+

Y

2

Goyal Piyush Vedprakash

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha Member

BJP

95,37,86,434 
 95 Crore+

11,46,63,494 
 11 Crore+

0

Y

3

Krishan Pal

Haryana

Faridabad

BJP

36,96,52,786 
 36 Crore+

10,55,93,242 
 10 Crore+



Y

#Disputed liabilities

Other Background Details
  • Education Details of Ministers: 12(15%) Ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between 8th and 12th standard while 64(82%) Ministers have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above. 2 Ministers are Diploma holders.

Education Group

Number of Ministers Analyzed

8th Pass

2

10th Pass

3

12th Pass

7

Graduate

17

Graduate Professional

17

Post Graduate

21

Doctorate

9

Diploma

2

Total

78

 

  • Age Details of Ministers:22(28%) Ministers have declared their age to be between 31 to 50 years while 56(72%) Ministers have declared their age to be between 51 to 70 years.

Age Group

Number of Ministers Analyzed

31-40

4

41-50

18

51-60

29

61-70

27

Total

78


  • Gender Details of Ministers: There are 11 (14%) Women Ministers out of a total of 78 Ministers analyzed.

Contact Details


 

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Prof Jagdeep Chhokar

IIM Ahmedabad (Retd.)

Founder Member,

National Election Watch, Association for Democratic

Reforms

+91 99996 20944

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Prof Trilochan Sastry

IIM Bangalore

Founder Member,

National Election Watch,

Association for Democratic Reforms

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