Supreme Court’s order weighs down heavily upon Kejriwal — Check out how many AAP MLAs have criminal cases

  • Supreme Court order political parties to detail the criminal history of the candidates nominated by them on their official websites and justify why they have given them a seat.
  • The court says the candidates’ ability to win the elections is not grounds for them to run for a seat.
  • Arvind Kejriwal is now under pressure to justify the large number of MLAs who won the 2020 Delhi Assembly election and also have a history of criminal convictions.
Alarmed by the growing concerns over the criminalization of politics, the Supreme Court has mandated political parties to upload the criminal history of their candidates on their respective official websites.

The county’s apex has given parties a deadline 72 hours to issue a full list of candidates that are contesting the elections — and also have a criminal record — to poll bodies. In addition, the parties must justify why they have given a seat to someone with a criminal background.

In the court’s opinion, the candidates’ ability to win elections is not a valid justification to field them as candidates — popularity is not reason enough for grounds to ignore criminal convictions.

When a party decides to field a candidate with a record, they will have 48 hours to ensure that his criminal history is published on the party website, social media and newspapers.

The court’s verdict follows the filing of contempt petitions by Ashwin Kumar Upadhyay and others. If a party fails to adhere to the directive, they will be held in contempt of court.

Statistics show that more than 50% of the AAP MLAs winning in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 have serious criminal cases against them.

The court’s order now weighs down heavily upon Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP leader and the sitting CM of Delhi. He must now justify why his party has chosen the candidates with criminal cases to contest in the recent assembly elections.

Checkout The Statistics of AAP MLAs with criminal convictions against them

Number of AAP MLAs in 2020 Delhi Assembly ElectionsMLAs with declared criminal cases% of MLAs with declared criminal casesMLAs with declared serious criminal cases% of MLAs with declared serious criminal cases
623861%3353%


Analysis Based on the Assets of the AAP MLAs in Delhi in 2020 elections

Number of AAP MLAs in 2020 Delhi Assembly ElectionsNumber of MLAs who have declared themselves as crorepatis% of MLAs declared as crorepatisAverage assets of 62 MLAs
624573%Rs. 14 crore plus


List of AAP MLAs Elected in 2020 Delhi Assembly Elections with criminal convictions

Sl. No.Name of the AAP MLA with criminal chargesDetails of criminal charges
1Amanatullah Khan (Constituency: OKHLA)Total Cases: 12 Serious IPC:11 Other IPC: 32 Cases (Pending)
2Shoaib Iqbal (Constituency: MATIA MAHAL)Total Cases: 6 Serious IPC:6 Other IPC: 29 Cases (Pending)
3Akhilesh Pati Tripathi (Constituency: MODEL TOWN)Total Cases: 4 Serious IPC:5 Other IPC: 11 Cases (Pending)
4Sanjeev Jha (Constituency: BURARI)Total Cases: 3 Serious IPC:5 Other IPC: 15 Cases (Pending)
5Abdul Rehman (Constituency: SEELAMPUR) Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:5 Other IPC: 11 Cases (Pending)
6Somnath Bharti(Constituency: MALVIYA NAGAR) Total Cases: 6 Serious IPC:4 Other IPC: 27 Cases (Pending)
7Surendra Kumar (Constituency: GOKALPUR) Total Cases: 4 Serious IPC:4 Other IPC: 6 Cases (Pending)
8Prakash (Constituency: DEOLI)Total Cases: 3 Serious IPC:4 Other IPC: 17 Cases (Pending)
9Rajesh Rishi (Constituency: JANAKPURI) Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC: 4""Other IPC:12 Cases (Pending)
10Naresh Yadav (Constituency: MEHRAULI) Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:4 Other IPC: 6 Cases (Pending)
11Arvind Kejriwal (Constituency: NEW DELHI)Total Cases: 13 Serious IPC:3 Other IPC: 27 Cases (Pending)
12Gulab Singh (Constituency: MATIALA)Total Cases: 11 Serious IPC:3 Other IPC: 4 Cases (Pending)
13Sahiram (Constituency: TUGHLAKABAD)Total Cases: 3 Serious IPC:3 Other IPC: 7Cases (Pending)
14Jai Bhagwan (Constituency: BAWANA)Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:3 Other IPC: 5 Cases (Pending)
15Haji Yunus (Constituency: MUSTAFABAD)Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC:3 Other IPC: 1 Cases (Pending)
16Rituraj Govind (Constituency: KIRARI)Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:2 Other IPC: 14 Cases (Pending)
17Dilip Pandey (Constituency: TIMARPUR) Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:2 Other IPC: 2 Cases (Pending)
18Mohinder Goyal (Constituency: RITHALA)Total Cases:1Serious IPC:2 Other IPC:1 Cases (Pending)
19Rakhi Birla (Constituency: MANGOL PURI)Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC:2 Other IPC: 1 Cases (Pending)
20Sharad Kumar (Constituency: NARELA) Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC:2 Other IPC: 1 Cases (Pending)
21Manish Sisodia (Constituency: PATPARGANJ)Total Cases: 3 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC: 12 Cases (Pending)
22Pramila Tokas (Constituency: R K PURAM) Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC: 5 Cases (Pending)
23Jarnail Singh (Constituency: TILAK NAGAR) Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC:4 Cases (Pending)
24Dinesh Mohaniya (Constituency: SANGAM VIHAR)Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC:2 Cases (Pending)
25Madan Lal(Constituency: KASTURBA NAGAR)Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC:13 Cases (Pending)
26S. K. Bagga (Constituency: KRISHNA NAGAR)Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 1 Other IPC: 0 Cases (Pending)
27Praveen Kumar (Constituency: JANGPURA) Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC:10 Cases (Pending)
28Ajay Dutt (Constituency: AMBEDKAR NAGAR) Total Cases: 1Serious IPC:1 Other IPC: 10 Cases (Pending)
29Raghuvinder Shokeen (Constituency: NANGLOI JAT)Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 1 Other IPC:1 Cases (Pending)
30Raaj Kumar Anand (Constituency: PATEL NAGAR)Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 1 Other IPC:3 Cases (Pending)
31Som Dutt (Constituency: SADAR BAZAR)Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 1 Other IPC: 0Cases (Pending)
32Rajesh Gupta (Constituency: WAZIRPUR) Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC:1 Other IPC:10 Cases (Pending)
33Gopal Rai (Constituency: BABARPUR)Total Cases: 1Serious IPC:1 Other IPC:3 Cases (Pending)
34Pawan Sharma (Constituency: ADARSH NAGAR)Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC: 0 Other IPC:2 Cases (Pending)
35Satyendar Jain (Constituency: SHAKUR BASTI)Total Cases: 2 Serious IPC: 0 Other IPC:2 Cases (Pending)
36Dharampal Lakra (Constituency: MUNDKA) Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 0 Other IPC: 0 Cases (Pending)
37Atishi Marlena (Constituency: KALKAJI) Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 0 Other IPC:1 Cases (Pending)
38Ram Niwas Goel (Constituency: SHAHDARA) Total Cases: 1 Serious IPC: 0 Other IPC:1Cases (Pending)


In September 2018, a constitution bench consisting of five judges recommended that the central government enact laws immediately to ban those involved in serious crimes from contesting the elections and being selected as party officials. Ashwini Upadhyay, BJP leader and lawyer has now filed a contempt petition that no serious efforts have been taken to stop the criminalization of politics even after the court order.



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