76 parliamentarians face serious charges

March 12, 2014 - 1:23:05 am
New Delhi: Of the 162 parliamentarians involved in 306 criminal cases, 76 are charged with serious crimes like murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) said yesterday.

The analysis of the Lok Sabha MPs elected in 2009 comes a day after the Supreme Court directed that criminal cases against MPs and MLAs should be completed within a year of the date of the trial court framing charges.

After analysing affidavits of MPs elected in 2009, ADR and NEW said some cases had been pending for more than 20 years. The average number of years cases remained pending was seven.

According to ADR and NEW, the longest pending case is against Guddu Premchand, Congress MP from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, booked for murder. Sisir Kumar Adhikari of the All India Trinamool Congress, who represents Kanthi in West Bengal, has a case of rioting and theft against him pending for 28 years.

Similarly, a case of murder against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Ramakant Yadav, has been pending for 25 years.

Fifty MPs have a total of 136 criminal cases pending against them for 10 years or more, while 30 of them have a total of 58 serious criminal cases pending for the same period.

The ADR and NEW further said Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MPs have 69 criminal cases against them followed by the BJP (55 cases), the Samajwadi Party (34 cases) and the Congress (30 cases).