Over 70 per cent of the newly sworn-in ministers in Bihar have declared criminal cases against them, according to a report by the poll rights body, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
After the recent political transition in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) escalated attacks on Nitish Kumar's new government in alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Mahagathbandhan (MGB). The recent controversy was triggered over the new law minister, who was to be present before the court on the day of his swearing-in ceremony as a cabinet minister.
The law minister of Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Kartikeya Singh, was to surrender in Danapur court on August 16 in a kidnapping case but instead, he showed up at the Patna Raj Bhawan to take oath as the new minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar. Earlier on August 12, RJD leader Kartikeya Singh was granted interim protection till September 1 by the court. The BJP said there are many tainted leaders in Nitish Kumar's new cabinet.
Close sources from the law minister said that he received a relief order from the court of no coercive action till September 1.
India Today did a fact check on the claim by studying the reports issued by the election watchdog association for democratic reforms.
BIHAR GOVT LED BY MGB
As per the ADR report, released after August 16, 32 out of 33 ministers sworn-in in the Bihar cabinet were analysed. 27 (72 per cent) of the total strength of the Bihar cabinet have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Furthermore, 17 ministers (53 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
The RJD has 17 ministers in the new government and out of them, 15 ministers (88 per cent) of the total number of ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves and 11 ministers (65 per cent) of them have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
While analysing the ministers of Janata Dal-United (JDU), it was found that 4 out of 11 ministers have criminal cases.
Subsequently, Congress has two ministers in the cabinet and both of them have declared criminal cases against themselves.
BIHAR GOVT LED BY NDA
In the report issued by the Association for Democratic Reforms on the criminal background and other details of the ministers in the Bihar assembly post cabinet expansion on February 9, 2021, 28 out of 31 ministers including the Chief Minister from Bihar State Assembly were analysed through their election affidavits.
In the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, the JDU had 11 ministers and 4 of them had declared criminal cases whereas 3 of them had serious criminal cases filed against them.
In the NDA government of Bihar, BJP had 14 ministers, of which 11 had criminal cases filed against them.