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13 ministers in Modi's cabinet are tainted

May 27, 2014 19:20 IST

A day after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet of 45 ministers were sworn in, the analysis has begun. Of the 44 ministers examined, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms reveals that 13 of Modi’s men have criminal charges registered against them.

The anaylsis also shows that eight ministers have serious charges, including cases related to attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and electoral violations, against them.

Uma Bharti, who now heads the water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation portfolios, has a case related to attempt to murder registered against her. In addition to that, she also has a case of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language against her. Another case of illegal payments in connection to an election has also been filed against her. 

Upendra Kushwaha, appointed as minister of state for rural development, panchayati raj, drinking water and sanitation, also has a case related to bribery against him. Similarly, Ram Vilas Paswan, who has been handed the ministries of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, also has a case of bribery registered againt him.

Gopinath Munde, who took over as the minister for rural development, also has a case related to kidnapping or abducting with intent against him.

Crorepati ministers

The report also showed that of the 44 ministers analysed, 40 of them are crorepatis.  The report also revealed that the average asset worth per minister is Rs 13.47 crore. Of these, five ministers have declared more than Rs 30 crore worth of assets. 

Vicky Nanjappa