24 of 90 Chhattisgarh MLAs have criminal records, says report

Raipur: About 27% of the 90 legislators in the newly-elected Chhattisgarh Assembly have declared that they are facing criminal cases. A report prepared by two NGOs said that 13 of them are facing serious charges including assault and criminal intimidation.

The Congress registered a massive victory in the state in the recently concluded polls by winning 68 of the 90 seats, while the BJP, in power since 2003, was reduced to 15 seats.

According to the report issued by Chhattisgarh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), of the 90 newly-elected legislators, 24 (27%) have declared in their election affidavits that they are facing criminal cases. From these, 19 belong to the Congress and three are legislators of the BJP while two are from the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

As per the report, Congress’ Ashish Kumar Chhabra, elected from Bemetara, has declared that he is facing a case related to attempt to murder.

State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, who has won from Patan, has declared that he is facing charges of “voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty” (IPC section 332), and criminal conspiracy (IPC section 120 B), among others.

JCC(J)’s Pramod Kumar Sharma, elected from Balodabazar seat, has declared a case related to”causing death by negligence” (IPC section 304A).

In the previous Assembly, 15 of the MLAs (17%) had declared that they were facing criminal cases.

(With inputs from PTI)