Many lawmakers are lawbreakers, says report

Rakesh Bhatnagar New Delhi, January 20, 2006 Young lawmakers are more prone to breaking laws. Mind you, 30.4 per cent of MPs between 36 and 45 years, who have been elected to the 14 th Lok Sabha are facing criminal cases in different parts of the country. And 18.3 per cent of them are facing grave charges, a report by Social Watch India says.

Young lawmakers are more prone to breaking laws. Mind you, 30.4 per cent of MPs between 36 and 45 years, who have been elected to the 14 th Lok Sabha are facing criminal cases in different parts of the country. And 18.3 per cent of them are facing grave charges, a report by Social Watch India says. Former prime minister I K Gujaral released the report at a function on Thursday. He defined the report as "a dedicated task". The report prepared by the National Social Watch Coalition, comprising among others Nilotpal Basu, Maja Daruwala of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and JNU's Amitabh Kundu, said many young MPs are busy defending themselves in various criminal cases. Their elders, aged between 55 and 65 years, have lesser criminal cases against them-19.3 per cent. Before the polls, the coalition had looked into the antecedents of 3182 candidates cutting across the party line' and found that 16.28 per cent had criminal records.

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