New Delhi: Names of Chief Ministers of Punjab and Karnataka, Captain Amarinder Singh and HD Kumaraswamy, along with some former chief ministers have found a mention in the list of legislators, both current and former, with 4,122 criminal cases pending against them. The list was submitted before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa also figured in the list along with serving Kerala minister MM Mani and sitting NCP MLA from Gujarat, Kandhalbhai Sarmanbhai Jadeja.
A report containing the list said nine cases are registered against former Karnataka BJP MLC and mining baron G Jannardan Reddy. Of these, eight are punishable with life imprisonment while one is punishable with imprisonment with seven years.
While dealing with a PIL on the issue, the apex court was informed that an FIR registered in 2017 with SIT Lokayukta against Kumaraswamy for offence punishable with life imprisonment is awaiting final report, pending probe.
The report said a corruption case against Captain Amarinder Singh is pending since 2007 and charge has not yet been framed. The submissions were made in the report filed by senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae in the matter along with advocate Sneha Kalita.
The report said Yeddyurappa has 18 cases against him out of which 14 are punishable with life imprisonment. In the case of Kerala Electricity Minister MM Mani lodged in 1982, charges have not yet been framed even though the charge sheet was filed on November 18, 2015.
The report said in Gujarat, six criminal cases are pending against Jadeja, out of which three offences were registered between 1994 and 1998 under TADA and/or Arms Act punishable with imprisonment for life or 10 years. “In all these three cases charges have not been framed and the matter is under stay either before the Supreme Court/ High Court,” it said.