20 Percent Legilsators are Criminals

20 Percent Legilsators are Criminals

Around 20 per cent of the MLAs from Andhra Pradesh (54 of 295 with criminal background), 14 of the 60 MPs and eight of the 90 MLCs have a criminal background.

The Forum for Good Governance, a non-profit organisation, revealed the criminalisation of state politics just when the Supreme Court has passed a ruling that all MPs and MLAs convicted in criminal case will be disqualified from holding office from the day they are convicted by a trial court.

According to the study, of the 83 MLAs booked for various offences, 54 have been booked for serious criminal offences. Fourteen of the 60 MPs are facing various cases, eight of them for criminal offences. Eight of the 90 MLCs have cases registered against them, of which three are criminal cases.

The CBI has also registered cases against some MLAs and MPs, but refused to provide any information (though it was sought under the RTI Act) to the Forum. The MIM tops the list with 71 per cent of its MLAs facing criminal charges. Next is the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (55 per cent), the BJP (50 per cent), Telugu Desam (25 per cent) and the Congress (10 per cent).

The CPI, CPI (M), Lok Satta and independent parties were given a clean chit in the Good Governance study. T.V. Rama Rao, a TDP MLA from Kovvuru in West Godavari district, is charged with raping and murdering a college student. Yarapathineni Sreenivasa Rao, a TDP MLA from Gurajala in Guntur, and Akbaruddin Owaisi, MIM MLA from Chandrayangutt, are facing murder charges.

While 212 MLAs have no cases registered against them, some MLAs have multiple cases registered against them. Sixty MLAs face between one and three cases, 17 MLAs have between four and six cases registered against them, three MLAs have between seven and 10 cases, and three MLAs have more than 10 cases registered against them.