There are 48 re-contesting MLAs of the Congress who have criminal cases pending against them. A report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that In the list released by the Congress there are 48 candidates who are re-contesting with a criminal background. In the case of the BJP it is 30 while in the case of the JD(S) it is 17.
In a move aimed at reducing pendency, the Supreme Court has a graft or criminal cases pending before the trial court should not be stayed by an appellate court for more than six months, without a speaking order.
The newly elected MLAs in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly has seen a decline in the number of MLAs with criminal cases.
Out of the 68 newly elected MLAs, 14 MLAs or 21% have declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections, 26 MLAs or 39% MLAs declared criminal cases against themselves as per the analysis of the Association for Democratic Reforms. Continue reading “14 MLAs in Himachal Pradesh have a criminal record”