Chandigarh:After Narendra Modi-led NDA government, now Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government will have lawmakers having ‘criminal background’, even though the Supreme Court of India has said that politicians with criminal background should not serve in the government.
According to a data complied Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), 16 of the 117 newly elected MLAs in Punjab have criminal cases pending against them. Moreover, 11 MLAs are facing serious criminal cases.
The Lok Insaaf Party Simarjit Singh Bains tops the list with six cases while Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, is on the second position with four cases against him, as per the ADR records.
A founder member of Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) Simarjit Singh Bains, who successfully contested from Atam Nagar constituency in Ludhiana district, has total six cases of different nature registered against him in different police stations in Ludhiana.
Capt Amarinder Singh who will take oath as the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab on Thursday, has four criminal cases pending against him. In some cases, 10 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been added.
Balwinder Singh, LIP, MLA from Ludhiana (South constituency) stands third in the list. He has two cases pending against him. Similarly, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Congress MLA from Rampura Phul in Bathinda district also shared the position.
Among Akali leaders, N K Sharma, MLA Derabassi faces one criminal case.
AAP MLAs Sukhpal Singh from Bholath, Baljinder Kaur from Talwandi Saboo, in Bathinda, Kanwar Sandhu from Kharar and Aman Arora from Sunam, each has once criminal case against them.
Among Congress MLAs Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East, Vijay Inder Singla (Sangrur), Santokh Singh (Baba Bakala), Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria (Raja Sansi), Amritsar, Joginder Pal (Bhoa) in Pathankot, Sukhpal Singh Bhullar (Khemkaran) in Tarn Taran, and Sanjeev Talwar (Ludhiana East) have one criminal case against each of them.
Also, as many as 95 of the newly elected MLAs have assets more than Rs 1 crore each, with 59 of these having assets of more than Rs 5 crore each.
Among the top three richest MLAs include Rana Gurjit Singh from Congress, Sukhbir Singh Badal from SAD and Sukhpal Singh from AAP.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congress MLA from Amritsar-East has maximum annual income to the tune of Rs ten crore amongst the newly elected members of Punjab, the organisation said.