Analysis of Criminal, Financial, and Other background details of Union Council of Ministers Post Cabinet Expansion on 9th November, 2014

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 64 ministers out of 66 Ministers (Including Prime Minister) from Lok Sabha 2014 and current Rajya Sabha. The details of Suresh Prabhu and Birendra Singh were not analysed as they are not currently members of either house.

In a recent cabinet expansion, 21 new ministers were inducted in the Council of Ministers. This report focusses on the criminal, financial and other background details of the 21 new ministers

Criminal Background

  • New Ministers with Criminal Cases: Out of 21 newly inducted ministers, 8 (38%) have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of the total 64 Ministers analysed, 20 (31%) Ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves.
  • New Ministers with Serious Criminal Cases: Out of 21 newly inducted ministers, 4 ministers have declared serious criminal cases. In total, 11 (17%) ministers have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to attempt to murder, communal disharmony, electoral violations etc.
  • New Minister with case related to Attempt to Murder: Among the 21 newly elected ministers,Dr. Ramshankar Katheria from Agra Constituencyhas declared a case related to attempt to murder. Among the rest of the ministers, Uma Bharti from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh of BJP had also declared a case related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307)
  • New Ministers with cases related to causing Communal Disharmony: Among the 21 newly elected ministers, Dr. Ramshankar Katheria from Agra Constituency has declared a case 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). Among the rest of the ministers, had also declared a case under IPC Section-153A.
  • New Ministers with cases related to Electoral Violations:Among the 21 newly elected ministers, Giriraj Singh of Nawada Constituency declared a case related to undue influence or personation at an election (IPC Section-171F). Among the rest of the ministers, Uma Bharti of BJP from Jhansi constituency, Uttar Pradesh, had also declared a case related to Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC Section-171H) along with Upendra Kushwaha of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party from Karakat constituency, Bihar and Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP from Hajipur constituency, Bihar have each declared a case related to Bribery (IPC Section – 171E)

Financial Background

  • Crorepati Ministers: Out of the 64 ministers analysed, 59 (92%) are crorepatis.
  • Average Assets*: The average assets of the newly inducted ministers is Rs. 18.48 crores. In totality, the average assets per minister is Rs.14.25 crores.
  • High Asset Ministers*: Among the newly inducted ministers, Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary, Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh declared the highest total assets of Rs. 189.69 crores followed by Jayant Sinha from Hazaribagh constituency with assets worth Rs. 55.67 crores and Mahesh Sharma from Gautam Budhha Nagar with total assets worth Rs. 47.37 crores. 

Among the 64 ministers, 7 ministers declared total assets worth more than Rs. 30 crores. These ministers are as follows;

S.No.

Name

State

Constituency

Party Name

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary

Andhra Pradesh

Rajya Sabha Member

TDP

1,89,69,51,681

 189 Crore+

Y

2

Arun Jaitley

Gujarat

Rajya Sabha (Gujarat)

BJP

1,13,02,16,000
 113 Crore+

Y

3

Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Punjab

Bathinda

SAD

1,08,16,64,910
 108 Crore+

Y

4

Jayant Sinha

Jharkhand

Hazaribagh

BJP

55,67,54,579 
 55 Crore+

Y

5

Mahesh Sharma

Uttar Pradesh

Gautam Budhha Nagar

BJP

47,37,97,545 
 47 Crore+

Y

6

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Uttar Pradesh

Pilibhit

BJP

37,41,32,826 
 37 Crore+

Y

7

Piyush Goyal

Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha (Maharashtra)

BJP

30,34,65,410
 30 Crore+

Y

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

  • >Low Asset Ministers: Among newly inducted ministers analysed, Sadhavi Niranjan Jyoti from Fatehpur declared the lowest total assets worth Rs. 37.63 lakhs. A total of 5 ministers out of 64 ministers had declared assets less than Rs. 1 crore. These five 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

Sadhavi Niranjan Jyoti

Uttar Pradesh

Fatehpur

BJP

28,63,779*

9,00,000

37,63,779 
 37 Lacs+

Y

2

Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava

Gujarat

Bharuch

BJP

45,21,062

20,50,000

65,71,062 
 65 Lacs+

Y

3

Thavarchand

Madhya Pradesh

Rajya Sabha (Madhya Pradesh)

BJP

19,64,293*

66,48,690*

86,12,983 
 86 Lacs+

Y

4

Sudarshan Bhagat

Jharkhand

Lohardaga

BJP

75,81,009

14,50,000*

90,31,009 
 90 Lacs+

Y

5

Ram Vilas Paswan

Bihar

Hajipur

LJP

68,42,023

28,00,000

96,42,023 
 96 Lacs+

Y

Table: Low Asset Ministers

Asset Comparison of Newly Inducted Ministers

The Association for Democratic Reforms compared the assets of the newly inducted ministers with their previous election affidavits from Lok Sabha 2009 elections. In case the minister considered had not contested the previous 2009 Lok Sabha elections, any previous declaration during elections after 2009 have been analysed.

The previous declarations of eight newly inducted ministers were available for comparison with their recent declarations. Out of these five ministers assets were compared with the total assets declared during the Lok Sabha 2009 elections. The asset declarations of Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya from Rajkot constituency were compared with the assets declared during the Gujarat 2012 elections. The asset declarations of Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer constituency were compared with the assets declared during the Rajasthan 2013 elections and the The asset declarations of Ram Kripal Yadav from Patalipura constituency were compared with the assets declared in the Rajya Sabha 2011 affidavit.

The newly inducted minister with the highest increase in assets is Mahesh Sharma from Gautam Budhha Nagar with an increase in assets of Rs. 31.52 crores from Rs. 15.85 crores in Lok Sabha 2009 to Rs. 47.37 crores in 2014.

Minister Details

Asset Details According to Previous Declarations

Asset Details in 2014

Change in Assets

Name

State

Constituency

Party Name

Previous Affidavit Considered

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

Mahesh Sharma

Uttar Pradesh

Gautam Budhha Nagar

BJP

Lok Sabha 2009

8,87,93,454

6,97,82,178

15,85,75,632

15 crore+

20,96,40,897

26,41,56,648

47,37,97,545

47 crore+

31,52,21,913

31 crore+

Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Bihar

Saran

BJP

Lok Sabha 2009

83,18,315

1,62,68,000

2,45,86,315

2 crore+

2,38,45,997

3,87,00,000

6,25,45,997

6 crore+

3,79,59,682

3 crore+

Ram Kripal Yadav

Bihar

Pataliputra

BJP

Rajya Sabha Affidavit 2011

4,82,726

22,50,000

30,62,726

30 lakh+

39,89,431

1,00,00,000

1,39,89,431

1 crore+

1,09,26,705

1 crore+

Ahir Hansraj Gangaram

Maharashtra

Chandrapur

BJP

Lok Sabha 2009

29,85,550

50,98,500

80,84,050

80 lakh+

47,48,000

1,08,00,000

1,55,48,000

1 crore+

74,63,950

74 lakh+

Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya

Gujarat

Rajkot

BJP

Gujarat 2012

1,98,18,759

1,25,83,335

3,22,25,295

3 crore+

2,20,38,415

1,74,74,535

3,95,12,950

3 crore+

72,87,655

72 lakh+

Chaudhry Haribhai Parthibhai

Gujarat

Banaskantha

BJP

Lok Sabha 2009

63,08,587

41,78,200

1,04,86,787

1 crore+

71,90,564

85,83,000

1,57,73,564

1 crore+

52,86,777

52 lakh+

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Uttar Pradesh

Rajya Sabha

BJP

Lok Sabha 2009

31,48,000

2,22,12,000

2,53,60,000

2 crore+

35,30,000

2,26,00,000

2,61,30,000

2 crore+

7,70,000

7 lakh+

Sanwar Lal Jat

Rajasthan

Ajmer

BJP

Rajasthan 2013

57,55,361

1,79,12,000

2,36,55,371

2 crore+

66,64,656

1,14,00,000

1,80,64,656

1 crore+

-55,90,715

-55 lakh+

Table: Comparison of assets of newly inducted ministers

Other Background Details

  • Education Details of Ministers: The education details of the newly inducted ministers are as follows;

Name

State

Constituency

Party Name

Education Qualification

Education Details

Jayant Sinha

Jharkhand

Hazaribagh

BJP

Post Graduate

Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School, Boston, M.A. USA in 1992, Master of Science in Energy Management & Policy from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, USA in 1986,

Mahesh Sharma

Uttar Pradesh

Gautam Budhha Nagar

BJP

Graduate Professional

12th Pass From CBSE, A.S.B.J. Higher Sec. School,Dariyaganj Delhi In 1975, Science Graduate From Delhi University,Zakir Hussian College Delhi In 1978, MBBS From Delhi University,University College Of Medical Science Delhi In 1982

Bandaru Dattatreya

Telangana

Secunderabad

BJP

Graduate

B.Sc. from Anwar Ul Uloom College, Osmania University in 1968

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Rajasthan

Jaipur Rural

BJP

Graduate

Bachelor of Arts from Khadakwala in 1981 through NDA (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Babul Supriya Boral (Babul Supriyo)

West Bengal

Asansol

BJP

Graduate

B.Com. (Hons) Calcutta University 1991

Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Bihar

Saran

BJP

Post Graduate

MA (Economics) From Magadh University, Bodh Gaya in 1987, LLB From Punjab University, Chandigarh,Year-1985, B.A.(Hons.) From Punjab University, Chandigarh,Year-1982

Giriraj Singh

Bihar

Nawada

BJP

Graduate

Graduate From Magadh University in 1971

Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya

Gujarat

Rajkot

BJP

8th Pass

8th Pass From V.V.C. HIGH SCHOOL Morbi,Year-1967

Sanwar Lal Jat

Rajasthan

Ajmer

BJP

Doctorate

Phd. (1990) & M.Com (1977) from Rajasthan University, Jaipur

Chaudhry Haribhai Parthibhai

Gujarat

Banaskantha

BJP

Post Graduate

M.Com, 1st Part, Mumbai University 1977, B.Com (Pass) in 1975, Old S.S.C. In 1971

Ahir Hansraj Gangaram

Maharashtra

Chandrapur

BJP

10th Pass

S.S.C., Nagpur Board, Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya, Chandrapur, 1971

Vijay Sampla

Punjab

Hoshiarpur

BJP

10th Pass

Matric Passed in 1979 from Public High School Kukkar Pind Jalandhar attached to Punjab School Education Board

Dr. Ramshankar Katheria

Uttar Pradesh

Agra

BJP

Doctorate

PhD In 1993, Post Graduate In 1988, Graduate In 1985 From Kanpur University Kanpur

Ram Kripal Yadav

Bihar

Pataliputra

BJP

Graduate

Bachelor from Magadh University 1978, Matric from Bihar Vidiyala Examination Samiti, 1974

Sadhavi Niranjan Jyoti

Uttar Pradesh

Fatehpur

BJP

12th Pass

Intermediate from Secondary Education Board in 2008

Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary

Andhra Pradesh

Rajya Sabha

TDP

Post Graduate

Masters in Engineering

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Uttar Pradesh

Rajya Sabha

BJP

Post Graduate

Jagat Prakash Nadda

Himachal Pradesh

Rajya Sabha

BJP

Graduate Professional

B.A (Political Honors ) from Patna University Bihar in 1980, LLB from H.P University ,Shimla ,H.P in 1982-85

Prabhu Manohar Parrikar

Goa (2012)

Panaji (North Goa)

BJP

Graduate Professional

Bachelor of Technology (Metallurgy) in 1978 from Indian Institute of Technology,Bombay

Among 64 ministers analysed in total, 12(19%) Ministers have declared that have an education qualification of 12th pass or below while 51 (80%) Ministers have declared having an educational qualification of Graduation and above.

Education Group

Number of Ministers analyzed

5th Pass

1

8th Pass

1

10th Pass

7

12th Pass

3

Graduate

12

Graduate Professional

19

Post Graduate

15

Doctorate

5

Others

1

Total

64

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