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23 per cent ministers from state cabinets have pending criminal cases including 2 Chief Ministers
Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) analysis has revealed that 44 (23%) out of 194 State Cabinet Ministers from 13 Assemblies (where elections were conducted in the last two years) and 12 (27%) out of 45 Union ministers have self-declared criminal cases against themselves.
In a landmark judgement on Aug. 27, a five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court observed that it is not the prerogative of the Apex court to disqualify ministers facing criminal charges.

Putting the ball in Prime Minister's court, the SC held that it is the collective responsibility of the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to keep those people against whom charges have been framed in criminal and corruption cases, out of their Cabinet.

State Cabinets

Ministers with declared criminal cases: 44 (23%) ministers out of 194 analyzed have declared criminal cases in their affidavits. Ministers with serious declared criminal cases: 26 (13%) Ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

States with high percentage of ministers with criminal cases: Among the states analysed, Telangana (90%) has the highest percentage of ministers with criminal cases followed by Andhra Pradesh (56%), Karnataka (34%) and Odisha (27%).

States with 0% ministers with criminal cases: None of the Ministers from the states of Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have declared criminal cases.

States with high percentage of ministers with serious criminal cases: Telangana (80%) has the highest percentage of ministers with serious criminal cases followed by Rajasthan (25%) and Andhra Pradesh (22%).

Chief Ministers with declared criminal cases: K.Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana and N. Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh has declared criminal cases against themselves.

Union Cabinet

Union Council of Ministers with declared criminal cases: 12 (27%) out of 45 Ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves. Union Council of Ministers with declared serious criminal cases: 7 out of 45 Ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

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