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57% Bihar ministers have declared criminal cases against him: ADR | India News

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NEW DELHI: Eight of the 14 new sworn ministers in Bihar have declared criminal cases against him, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Six (43%) of the ministers have declared serious criminal cases against them, according to the voting rights group. Serious criminal cases are non-bail offenses with more than five years in prison.
Affidavits from two of the six analyzed JD (U) ministers, four of the six analyzed BJP ministers, one analyzed Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) minister and one from the Vikassheel Insaan Party show criminal cases against them, he said.
Eight or 57 percent of ministers face criminal cases, he said.
Up to 13 (93 percent) are crorepats with their average assets pegged at Rs 3.93 crore, according to the report.
The minister with the highest declared total assets is Mewa Lal Choudhary from the electoral district of Tarapur with assets worth Rs 12.31 crore and the minister with the lowest total declared assets is Ashok Chaudhary with assets worth Rs 72.89 lakh, he said.
Four (29 percent) ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between the eighth and twelfth level, while 10 (71 percent) ministers have declared to have a postgraduate educational qualification or higher, the voting rights body said.
A total of six (43 percent) ministers have declared that their age is between 41 and 50 years, while eight (57 percent) ministers have declared that their age is between 51 and 75 years. Of the 14 ministers, two are women, he added.
The Bihar assembly elections for 243 sets were held on October 28 (for 71 seats), November 3 (for 94 seats) and November 7 (for 78 seats). The National Democratic Alliance won the elections after obtaining a majority.
A 14-member council of ministers, headed by Bihar Prime Minister Nitish Kumar, was sworn in on Monday by Governor Phagu Chauhan.

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