Bihar polls: 5th phase has 254 candidates with pending criminal cases

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Patna, Nov 2: In the fifth phase of the Bihar assembly elections out of the 827 candidates 254 or 31 per cent have declared pending criminal cases against them.

A report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that there are 193 or 23 per cent who have declared serious criminal charges pending against them.  [Bihar Election 2015: Special Coverage]

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193 (23%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.

Candidates with cases related to murder:

15 candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302). Mahboob Alam of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI (ML)(L)) from Balrampur constituency has declared 3 charges related to murder against himself.

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Laxmi Narayan Mehta of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from Forbesganj constituency and Shankar Singh, an Independent candidate from Rupauli constituency, have each declared 2 charges related to murder in their respective affidavits. In total, 1 candidate of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), 1 of CPI (ML)(L), 1 candidate of Communist Party of India (CPI), 2 fielded by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), 1 candidate of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), 3 candidate of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 2 candidate of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), 1 candidate fielded by Shiv Sena (SHS), and 3 Independent candidates have declared cases related to murder in their affidavits.

Candidates with cases related to attempt to murder:

48 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307). Chandan Singh of LJP from Alamnagar constituency and Sanjay Paswan of Garib Janata Dal (Secular) from Harlakhi constituency have each declared 6 charges related to attempt to murder in his affidavit.

Shankar Singh, an Independent candidate from Rupauli constituency, and Mahboob Alam of CPI (ML)(L) from Balrampur constituency have each declared 5 charges related to attempt to murder against themselves.

In total, 6 candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 5 of CPI (ML)(L), 2 candidates of JD(U), 1 candidates fielded by IUML, 2 candidate of the National Janata Party (Indian), 3 candidates of CPI, 2 candidates of CPI(M) , 2 candidates of Samajwadi Party (SP), 1 candidate of LJP, 7 candidates fielded by Jan Adhikar Party(Loktantrik), 1 candidates of Garib Janata Dal (Secular), 1 fielded by Samras Samaj Party, 1 candidate SHS, 1 candidate of Janta Dal Rashtravadi, 5 candidate of BSP, 1 candidate of NCP, 1 candidate of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and 6 Independent candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder in their affidavits.

Candidates with cases related to crimes against women:

16 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women. Gulab Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) from Jhanjharpur constituency and Jahur Alam, also a candidate of RJD from Supaul constituency along with Sushil Mishra of CPI(ML)(L) from Jale constituency have each declared 1 charge relating to rape (IPC Section-376).

Candidates with cases related to causing communal disharmony:

3 candidates have declared cases relating to causing communal disharmony. Saba Zafar, a candidate fielded by BJP from Amour constituency and Ram Kumar Yadav of SP from Phulparas constituency have declared 1 charge each related to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.

And doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC Section-153A). Ashok Kumar Yadav of BJP from Keoti constituency has declared a charge related to Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class (IPC Section-295).

Candidates with cases related to robbery and dacoity:

7 candidates have declared cases related to robbery and dacoity. Hira Nand Mandal of Rashtriya Jankranti Party from Bahadurganj constituency has declared 3 offences related to robbery and dacoity, which include 1 charge related to making preparation to commit dacoity (IPC Section-399), 1 charge related to assembling for purpose of committing dacoity (IPC Section - 402) and 1 charge related to dacoity (IPC Section-395).

Candidates with cases related to kidnapping:

13 candidates have declared cases related to kidnapping. Purshottam Jha, an Independent candidate from Khajauli constituency, has disclosed 1 charge each related to kidnapping (IPC Section-363), kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person (IPC Section-365), kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc.

(IPC Section-366) wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement, kidnapped or abducted person (IPC Section-368) against himself. Shankar Singh, an Independent candidate from Rupauli constituency has declared 2 charges related to kidnapping for ransom, etc. (IPC Section-364A), 1 charge related kidnapping or abducting in order to murder (IPC Section-364) and 1 offence related to wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement, kidnapped or abducted person (IPC Section-368).

Party wise candidates with criminal cases:

21 (55%) out of 38 candidates from BJP, 11 (55%) out of 20 candidates from CPI, 16 (29%) out of 55 candidates from BSP, 13 (52%) out of 25 candidates fielded by JD(U), 12 (46%) out of 26 candidates from SP, 10 (50%) out of 20 candidates of RJD, 7 (58%) out of 12 candidates fielded by INC, 21 (53%) out of 40 candidates of JAP(L), 12 (52%) out of 23 candidates of the CPI(ML)(L), 9 (69%) out of 13 candidates of CPI(M) and 55 (21%) out of 262 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Party wise Candidates with serious criminal cases:

15 (39%) out of 38 candidates from BJP, 9 (45%) out of 20 candidates from CPI, 13 (24%) out of 55 candidates from BSP, 7 (28%) out of 25 candidates fielded by JD(U), 10 (38%) out of 26 candidates from SP, 6 (30%) out of 20 candidates of RJD, 3 (25%) out of 12 candidates fielded by INC, 17 (43%) out of 40 candidates of JAP(L), 8 (35%) out of 23 candidates of the CPI(ML)(L), 7 (54%) out of 13 candidates of CPI(M) and 43 (16%) out of 262 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

47 (82%) out of the total 57 constituencies in the fifth phase of Bihar assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

Constituencies of Jhanjharpur, Kishanganj, Balrampur, Bisfi and Rupauli with 8 candidates have the highest number of candidates who have self-declared criminal cases against themselves.

Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections.

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