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As reports suggest, nearly half of the newly elected MP’s of the 17th Lok Sabha, have criminal cases pending against them. Out of the 539 elected members, 233 of them have declared criminal charges against them. There had been a 44 per cent increase compared to the 2009 elections.

Dean Kuriakose, Congress MP elected from Idukki constituency of Kerala has around 204 criminal cases pending. The cases include committing culpable homicide, house trespass, robbery, criminal intimidation, among others.

The elections n 2014, had 185 MP’s (33 per cent of elected representatives) who had pending criminal charges. While it was 30 per cent in the 15th Lok Sabha of 2009. This year, there had been a sudden surge, with close to half of its members having declared criminal charges.

The situation is more alarming in terms of serious criminal offences. Around 129 members, i.e, close to 29 per cent, have declared serious criminal cases including charges related to rape, murder, murder attempt, kidnapping etc. There is an increase of 109 per cent in the number of MPs with declared serious criminal cases since 2009.

There are 11 MP’s in the current Lok Sabha have cases related to murder and 30 have cases related to attempt to murder. 19 of them have cases related to crime against women, of which 3 are cases related to rape and 6 of them have charges related to kidnapping.

Around 29 winners have declared cases related to hate speech.

Among the political parties, NDA ally Janta Dal United (JDU) has the highest percentage of MPs with criminal records. The report regarding criminal records was declared by National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

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