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Frank McNutt

A total of 23 or 72 percent of ministers have declared criminal cases against him in the newly formed Bihar Cabinet.

An analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) revealed that there are 17 or 53 percent of the ministers in the Bihar Cabinet who have declared serious criminal cases against them.

ADR has analyzed the affidavits of 32 out of 33 ministers, including the Chief Minister of the Bihar State Assembly 2020. An appointed minister, namely Ashok Chaudhary of JD(U), is not required to submit his affidavit, therefore, your information about criminal, financial and other details are not available in the public domain.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) tops the list of political parties that have the maximum number of ministers with criminal charges against them. According to the report, 15 of the 17 RJD ministers have declared criminal charges and 11 of them have declared serious criminal charges.

Similarly, four of the 11 JD(U) ministers have declared criminal charges, while three of them have serious criminal charges.

The Congress has two ministers in the Bihar Cabinet and both have declared criminal charges against them. The report says one of the two has filed serious criminal charges.

The ADR report says that out of the 32 ministers, 27 (84 per cent) are crorepatis and the average assets of the 32 ministers analyzed is Rs 5.82 crore.

According to the report, RJD tops the list with a maximum of 16 of the 17 party ministers in Bihar. JD(U) ranks second with nine crorepati ministers out of 11.

The minister with the highest declared total assets is Samir Kumar Mahaseth (RJD) from Madhubani constituency with assets worth Rs 24.45 crores.

Analysis of educational background revealed that 8 or 25 percent of ministers have stated that their educational qualification is between standard 8 and 12, while 24 or 75 percent of ministers have declared to have a postgraduate educational qualification or higher.

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