Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is at the top of a list of chief ministers with criminal cases registered against them. According to reports published by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), Fadnavis has 22 cases against him, while Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the second position, has 11 criminal cases registered against him. However, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti had only one case each registered against them.
Out of 31 chief ministers in the country, 11 have criminal cases registered against them and only eight have 'serious' criminal cases.
The report was published after scrutinising the self-sworn affidavits of the leaders. According to the report, around 35 per cent chief ministers in the country have criminal cases against them.
Fadnavis tops the list of CMs with most criminal cases. Some of the charges against Fadnavis include serious charges such as 'abetment of such assault, if the assault is committed', 'voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means', being part of an unlawful assembly, rioting, voluntarily causing hurt and wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent.
Meanwhile, Fadnavis' office clarified that all these cases were political cases. "These cases have been registered against Fadnavis as he is a mass leader, and while agitating for people, the cases have been registered against him," the CMO clarified.
Twenty six per cent of the chief ministers have declared serious criminal cases, including those related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property and criminal intimidation, among others.
The report also found Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to be the richest, with a total worth of Rs 177 crore, followed by Arunachal Pradesh's Pema Khandu (over Rs 129 crore) and Amarinder Singh of Punjab (over Rs 48 crore). While Tripura CM Manik Sarkar with assets worth Rs 26 lakh, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with assets worth Rs 30 lakh and Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehboob Mufti with assets worth Rs 56 lakh, were found to be the poorest chief ministers in the country.
Pinarayi Vijayan has assets worth Rs 1.07 crore, including immovable assets worth Rs 86.9 lakh.
As many as 25 CMs, or 81 per cent, are crorepatis, with two of them having assets to the tune of over Rs 100 crore. The average assets of CMs are worth Rs 16.18 crore.
Cases against CMs
Chief Minister//State//Party//No of cases
- Pinarayi Vijayan - Kerala - CPI (M) - 11
- Arvind Kejriwal - Delhi - AAP - 10
- Raghubar Das - Jharkhand - BJP - 8
- Amarinder Singh - Punjab - Congress - 4
- Yogi Adityanath - Uttar Pradesh - BJP - 4
- N Chandrababu Naidu - Andhra Pradesh - TDP - 3
- K Chandrashekar Rao - Telangana - TRS - 2
- V Narayanasamy - Puducherry - Congress - 2
- Mehbooba Mufti - Jammu and Kashmir - PDP - 1
- Nitish Kumar - Bihar - JD (U) - 1