03 August, 2021

Law Makers Or Breakers?

We uncovered the names of 39 MPs, including four ministers. The charges ranged from murder, rape, dacoity, abduction and assault, to breach of peace...

Law Makers Or Breakers?
outlookindia.com
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FOR the past three months a team of Outlook correspondents and researchers has been compiling a dossier on sitting Lok Sabha members with pending criminal cases. We uncovered the names of 39 MPs, including four ministers. The charges ranged from murder, rape, dacoity, abduction and assault, to breach of peace. As the outrage over the criminalisation of our public life grows, and as our political masters suggest that this phenomenon is unavoidable, Outlook thought it would be useful to get at least an estimate of the extent to which criminality has polluted our polity. We have concentrated on 'pure' criminality rather than getting entangled in political issues. A few names may have escaped our dragnet—the difficulties we encountered in locating authentic records were horrendous. Sections of the police, particularly at the district level, seemed determined to protect MPs believed to be tainted. If the debate on how criminality in public life can be combated gets a surer empirical footing with this list, our purpose will have been served.

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