The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said that after the second cabinet expansion in Bihar, 28 out of 31 members of the Bihar cabinet have assets worth Rs 4.46 crore on average, of which 18 have criminal cases against them.
The ADR analyzed the value of 28 ministers in the Nitish Kumar government, based on affidavits filed with the Election Commission.
Now out of 31 ministers, the assets of Ashok Chaudhary and Janak Ram cannot be analyzed as they are not members of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council. The affidavit of Ram Surat Rai is not clear and hence was not analyzed.
Water Resources Development Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha is the richest minister with movable and immovable assets worth Rs 22.37 crore. Former BSP MLA and now Minority Affairs Minister Jama Khan, who favored Janata Dal-United, is at the bottom with assets of Rs 30.04 lakh.
A total of 20 ministers have declared liabilities, including Mukesh Sahani, the head of the Vikas-sheel Insan Party, who has announced that he is under a debt of Rs 1.54 crore.
The ADR claimed that 18 ministers have declared criminal cases against them, including 14 with serious criminal charges – 57 percent of BJP ministers, 27 percent of JD-U ministers and VIPs, Hindustan Awam Morcha and all independents.
Bihar now has a 31-member cabinet including the Chief Minister. Party-wise, the Janata Dal-United council has 12 members, including the CM, BJP 16, and the Vikas-sheel Insan Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha, and one Independent each.