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31 per cent ministers in PM Modi's Cabinet have criminal cases against them
As many as 31 per cent of members in Narendra Modi Cabinet, that accounts 24 ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves. Among 19 new ministers, who were inducted this week, 7 declared criminal cases against themselves.

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn latest affidavits of all 78 ministers (including Prime Minister) from Lok Sabha 2014 and current Rajya Sabha.

In a recent Cabinet expansion, 19 new ministers were inducted in the council of ministers. This report focuses on the criminal, financial and education background details of the new ministers in the Cabinet.

Among newly inducted cabinet ministers, 3 ministers have declared serious criminal cases. In all, 14 (18%) ministers have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to attempt to murder, communal disharmony, electoral violations etc.

Among the newly elected Cabinet ministers, Ramesh Jigajinagi of Bijapur Constituency has declared two cases related to bribery (IPC Section-171E). In all, 5 (6%) ministers have declared cases related to Electoral Violations.

In the Cabinet only six ministers are having declared assets of less than Rs.1 crore. All the remaining 72 ministers (92 per cent) are crorepatis. The average assets of the newly inducted ministers is Rs.8.73 crores. In all, the average assets per minister is Rs.12.94 crores.

Among the newly inducted ministers, Mubbashar Javal Akbar, Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh declared the highest total assets of Rs.44.90 crores followed by P P Choudhary from Pali constituency with assets worth Rs.35.35 crores and Vijay Goel, Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan with total assets worth Rs.29.97 crores.

Among newly inducted ministers analysed, Anil Madhav Dave, Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh declared the lowest total assets worth Rs.60.97 lakhs. In the Cabinet Arun Jaitley is the richest one with declared assets of Rs.113 crore, followed by Harsimrat Kaur Badal with Rs.108 crore and Piyush Goyal with Rs.95 crore. 

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