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Mint
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10.07.2021
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At least 42% (33) of the total 78 ministers in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led cabinet at the Centre have declared criminal cases against them, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Of the 33, four ministers -- John Barla, Nitish Pramanik, Pankaj Choudhary, V Muraleedharan -- have cases related to murder attempts. Around 31% (24) have declared serious criminal cases, including murder, robbery etc.

Further, seven ministers have declared cases related to electoral violation.

As many as 43 MPs took oath as ministers earlier this week in the first major cabinet reshuffle of the second term of Modi government. Fifteen new cabinet ministers and 28 ministers of state were sworn, taking the strength of the council of ministers to 78.

Of all the ministers analysed, Nisith Pramanik from Cooch Behar constituency who has been appointed as the Minister of State for Home Affairs has declared a case related to murder (IPC Section-302) against himself. At 35, he is also the youngest minister in the Cabinet.

Four ministers have declared cases related to an attempt to murder (IPC Section-307). They are -- John Barla, Pramanik, Pankaj Choudhary and V Muraleedharan.

Further, 90% (70) of the new ministers are crorepatis and have declared total assets amounting to over 1 crore.

The average worth of assets per minister has been found to be around 16.24 crore.

The cabinet ministers who have declared assets worth the lowest in the lot are -- Pratima Bhoumik from Tripura (over 6 lakh), John Barla from West Bengal (over 14 lakh), Kailash Choudhary from Rajasthan (over 24 lakh), Bishweswar Tudu from Odisha (over 27 lakh), and V Muraleedharan from Maharashtra (over 27 lakh).

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