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Legal Woes Facing Members of 16th Parliament
|by Vasant G. Gandhi|
A troubling trend is emerging that indicates more and more candidates with legal cases against them are elected to Parliament, the highest law making institution in India. Ten years ago, 24% of Members of Parliament (MPs) were accused of breaking laws. This figure then jumped to 30% in 2009, and now it stands at 34% in 2014.
Table: Legal offenses as declared by MPs representing people of India in sixteenth Parliament
Charges Codes: 1 Promote enmity 2 Bribery 3 Use of influence 4 Rape 5 Cruelty toward family 6 Hateful statement 7 Preach/Practice untouchability 8 Import export of prohibited goods 9 Terrorist act 10 Criminal misconduct 11 Attempted murder 12 Theft 13 Extortion 14 Kidnapping 15 Cheating dishonesty 16 Forgery 17 Trespassing 18 Damage to property 19 Carry weapon to hurt 20 Instigate riot 21 Robbery 22 Assault 23 Intimidation 24 Mischief 25 Falsification 26 Defamation 27 Insult 28 Deter public servant from doing duty
Also, on the ADR report is a final breakdown of tally by political affiliation of MPs facing legal issues. It shows 98 out of 282 MPs are of BJP, 8 out of 44 MPs are of Congress, 6 out of 37 are of AIADMK, and so on. Furthermore, it includes the names of 26-first-time MPs who are facing courts.
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