Politics is dirty. There’s just nothing you can really do about it. But the brazen and frankly disturbing extents to which Indian politicians take it is a whole different ball game. Our current government, which succeeded on a rhetoric of stamping out corruption, is by all accounts even dirtier, and probably more dangerous, than their previous counterparts.
1. Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh)
Faces charges of attempt to murder, criminal intimidation and rioting with deadly weapons.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, known for his hate speeches, has a plethora of cases against him. So many, in fact, that his government passed a law that withdrew cases against him. Some of the most serious ones are – attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, endangering life and rioting armed with deadly weapon.
2. Amit Shah (BJP President)
Faced charges of murder, kidnapping, extortion, illegal surveillance
The BJP President is arguably one of the dirtiest politicians today. In 2010, he was charged with orchestrating the extrajudicial killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi and his associate Tulsiram Prajapati. He wrestled bail a few months later, and has managed to evade arrest ever since through an increasingly suspicious series of events and his clout. Justice Loya, the judge assigned to hear his case, died under extremely mysterious circumstances. Apart from murder, Shah has also been accused of ordering illegal surveillance on a woman. However, the woman asked the case to not be followed up, probably due to severe pressure from the government. Shah’s name also figures in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.
3. Nitish Kumar (Chief Minister of Bihar)
Faces charges of rioting with deadly weapons, unlawful assembly and had a case of attempted murder against him.
The current and mostly consistent Chief Minister of Bihar has faced charges of attempt to murder, rioting armed with a deadly weapon and unlawful assembly. The 1991 murder case against him was finally dropped, but one must consider just how adept Kumar is at weaseling out of sticky situations.
4. Faggan Singh Kulaste (Member of Lok Sabha)
Faces charges of criminal intimidation, rioting with weapons, wrongful restraint and voluntarily causing hurt.
Kulaste is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha and a former Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. He has faced charges relating to criminal intimidation, rioting armed with a deadly weapon, wrongful restraint and voluntarily causing hurt.
5. Chaudhary Shankarbhai Lagdhirbhai (Former Minister of State for Medical Education, Gujarat)
Faces charges of rioting armed with a deadly weapon and criminal trespassing.
Otherwise known as Shankar Chaudhary, he was Minister of State for Medical Education, Environment & Urban Development in Gujarat up until the end of last year. He has charges of rioting armed with a deadly weapon, criminal tresspassing and was also involved in a fake MBA case.
6. Anupriya Patel (Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
Faces charges of assault, destruction of evidence and endangering life.
Based in UP, Patel is currently the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She has several cases against her, including voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty, criminal intimidation, rioting armed with deadly weapon, Assault, destruction of evidence and endangering life of others.
7. Uma Bharti (Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation)
Faces charges of attempt to murder, using criminal force to deter a public servant and rioting.
This part time Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation and full-time saffron crusader is no stranger to crime – the sheer scale of it is extremely disturbing however. She has been accused of rioting, attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, criminal force to deter public servant, and statements conducing public mischief.
8. Mukul Roy (BJP Leader)
Faces charges of accepting bribes in lie of favours.
The ex-Trinamool Congress leader was caught in a sting operation accepting bribes in lieu of favours along with 3 others. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned them last year and the investigation is still under way.
9. B. S. Yeddyurappa (Karnataka BJP President)
Faces charges of forgery for different purposes, criminal breach of trust and cheating of property.
He’s the current president of the Karnataka BJP and BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Karnataka assembly polls. He’s also neck deep in criminal cases – 15 at the moment – including cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal breach of trust, almost 9 cases of forgery for different purposes, and furnishing false information. Phew.
10. Raosaheb Danve (Maharashtra BJP President)
Faces charges of using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of duty.
The Maharashtra BJP President has been charged with rioting, unlawful assembly, assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of duty, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace, and mischief causing damage to public property.
11. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan (Lok Sabha Member)
Accused of use of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty, wrongful restraint, and sexual harassment.
Sanjeev is a member of the BJP, and is one of the main accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh. He also has several other cases against him, including assault and sexual harassment.