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“28 Ministers in New Modi Government Have Declared Criminal Cases: ADR Report”

On June 11, the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) released a report revealing that 28 ministers in the newly formed third Narendra Modi government have declared criminal cases against them. Among these, 19 ministers are facing serious charges such as attempted murder, crimes against women, and hate speech. The report specifies that Shantanu Thakur, the Minister of State for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, and Sukanta Majumdar, the Minister of State for Education and Development of the North Eastern Region, have declared cases related to attempted murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code.

Furthermore, five ministers have declared cases related to crimes against women. These ministers are Bandi Sanjay Kumar, the Minister of State for Home; Shantanu Thakur; Sukanta Majumdar; Suresh Gopi, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Tourism; and Jual Oram, the Tribal Affairs Minister. In addition, the ADR report identifies eight ministers with cases related to hate speech.

In total, 28 out of the 71 ministers, making up 39 percent of the new Council of Ministers that took oath on June 9, have declared criminal cases. This Council includes 72 members, counting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ADR’s findings highlight significant concerns regarding the legal backgrounds of nearly 40 percent of the ministers in the new government.

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Author:- Apoorva Arora

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