The newly elected Uttarakhand state assembly has 22 MLAs filed with criminal cases in their name and two with serious charges of murder and dacoity. Out of the 70 MLAs, 22 (31%) MLAs have had a criminal history. Back in the year 2012, around 19 (27%) MLAs were declared with a criminal background which has surpassed this year.
At present 14 MLAs in the assembly have been associated with severe crimes that make 20% of the total count in the state assembly. These MLAs have been charged with serious crimes including murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, robbery and much more.
During 2012, out of the total 70 MLAs around 5% were holding serious criminal charges against their name. From the elected representatives Arvind Pandey, BJP MLA from Gadarpur constituency in Udham Singh Nagar district and Rajkumar Thukral BJP MLA from Rudrapur constituency in Udham Singh Nagar district have murder cases in their names.
Arvind Pandey’s name has been involved in 12 cases which include Murder (IPC Section-302, dacoity (IPC Section-395), Purposely causing hurt to dissuade a public servant from carrying his duty (IPC Section-332), Causing severe hurt (IPC Section-325) and Criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506).
Rajkumar Thukral is not lagging behind in the number of crimes against him including Murder (IPC Section-302), Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307), Robbery (IPC Section-392) and Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy the house (IPC Section-436) among others.
BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi from Mussoorie of Dehradun district was associated with the Shaktimaan horse injury which later resulted in his untimely death. Apart from this, he has two cases against him one with Breaking into a house with the motive to hurt, Assault or wrongful restraint (IPC Section-452), Assault or criminal force used on a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354), Criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506) among others. Other than this he is slapped with the charge related to Mischief by killing or maiming cattle.
Party wise MLAs with criminal charges include 17 names out of 57 MLAs from BJP, 4 out of 11 MLAs from INC and 1 out of 2 Independent MLAs have been charged with criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits. Similarly, MLAs with serious criminal cases include 10 MLAs from BJP, 3 MLAs from INC and 1 Independent MLA.