The criminal MLAs in God’s own country


Kerala Assembly

The new Kerala assembly has 67 MLAs with a criminal record which means the percentage of the MLAs with pending criminal cases is 48 per cent.

Out of these 67 MLAs, there are 12 with very serious charges pending against them which range from attempt to murder, culpable homicide among others.

All the major parties have MLAs with pending criminal cases against them. CPI (M) has 21 (47%) MLAs out 45 MLAs analyzed, INC has 23 out of 38 analyzed (61%), ML has 8 (40%) out of 20 MLAs analyzed and CPI has 5 (39%) out of 13 MLAs analyzed with pending criminal cases.

UDF and LDF each have 40 and 27 MLAs with pending criminal cases out of the 72 and 68 analyzed respectively.

A total of 35 MLAs (i.e. 25% of the total MLAs analyzed) are crorepatis. UDF has 30 (42%) crorepati MLAs while LDF has 5 (7%) crorepati MLAs. Thomas Chandy is the richest MLA in Kerala with assets to the tune of Rs 45 crore.

Manjalamakuzhi Ali of the Muslim League comes in second in this list with Rs 14 crore. Muraleedharan of the Congress, Shibu Baby John of the RSPB come in second and third on this list with Rs 10 and Rs 8 crore worth of assets. The lowest on this list of richest candidates is Abdul Khader of the CPI(M) with assets worth Rs 2 lakh.

The candidate with the most number of criminal charges in this list is C Divakaran of the CPI. Against his name are the following cases: 2 charges related to Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means (IPC Section-324) 2 charges related to Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) 3 charges related to Punishment (IPC Section-143) 3 charges related to rioting (IPC Section-147) 3 charges related to Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation (IPC Section-283) 2 charges related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant (IPC Section-188) 2 charges related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object (IPC Section-149) 1 charges related to Rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148) 1 charges related to Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty (IPC Section-353) 1 charges related to Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (IPC Section-427).

Second on this list is Anwar Sadath of the Congress: 2 charges related to Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means (IPC Section-324) 1 charges related to Obscene acts and songs (IPC Section-294) 15 charges related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object (IPC Section-149) 14 charges related to Punishment (IPC Section-143) 14 charges related to rioting (IPC Section-147) 8 charges related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant (IPC Section-188) 6 charges related to Rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148) 5 charges related to Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation (IPC Section-283) 3 charges related to wrongful restraint (IPC Section-341) 3 charges related to voluntarily causing hurt (IPC Section-323) 3 charges related to Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty (IPC Section-332) 2 charges related to house-trespass (IPC Section-448) 2 charges related to Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (IPC Section-427) 1 charges related to cheating by personation (IPC Section-419) 1 charges related to Negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings (IPC Section-288) 1 charges related to Making atmosphere noxious to health (IPC Section-278) 1 charges related to criminal trespass (IPC Section-447).

Out of the 72 MLAs of the UDF which have been analysed 40 have pending criminal cases against them. Out of this 6 have serious charges pending against them and the percentage is 56 per cent. The statistics of the LDF show that 27 out of the 68 candidates analysed have criminal cases pending against them. The number of candidates with serious charges is at 6 and the over all percentage is 40 per cent.

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