16 June, 2021

Law-Breakers As  Law-Makers

Of the 72 candidates listed by 'Outlook' with criminal cases pending against them, 27 have been elected to the 12th Lok Sabha

Law-Breakers As  Law-Makers

Bijay Singh Soy/Congress Singhbhum, Bihar Margin: 10,830 votes

He was convicted in a murder case and sentenced to life imprisonment by the additional sessions judge, Chaibasa, in December 1984. He was later acquitted by the high court. He has, however, been charge-sheeted in several other cases—attempt to murder, possessing illegal arms, instigating violence—which are pending trial.

Mohammad Shahabuddin/RJD Siwan, Bihar Margin: 1,20,484 votes

He has a history-sheet running into several pages and span -ning over a decade. He was absconding just before the elections, after his house was raided and arms and ammunition recovered. He faces 16 challans in murder cases and is believed to have been involved in the murder of student leader Chandrashekhar last year—the CBIhas taken it up. In 1990, he successfully contested the Bihar legislative assembly elections as an Independent candidate from Jeerdei. He entered Parliament in 1996 on a JD ticket. His gang spews venom against the CPI(ML)and often clashes with the...

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