India's first ever 'happiness minister' is wanted on murder charges
- Lal Singh Arya is in charge of Madhya Pradesh state's Department of Happiness.
- He is now a suspect in a 2009 murder of an opposition politician.
- Police haven't been able to find him.
Lal Singh Arya was named a suspect in the 2009 murder of an opposition politician, Makhanlal Jatav, the Times of India reported.Advertisement
India's first and only "happiness minister" is wanted on murder charges.
The 53-year-old has previously denied the charges, according to the BBC. Arya is the top official in the Department of Happiness, a ministry run by the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh created the department of happiness last year in a bid to "counsel people on how to be always happy," the state's chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, according to The Telegraph.It hoped to achieve its goals through yoga, meditation, "moral science," and other lessons, Shivraj Singh Chouhan told the BBC earlier this year.Local police told the Agence-France Presse news agency they were "positive" they would find Arya by his scheduled court appearance next Tuesday.Advertisement
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