Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 23:
The new look Odisha council of ministers has five ministers with serious criminal charges pending against them.
Sports and Youth Service Minister Sudam Marandi leads the list with 11 cases. According to the report of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), the cases filed against Marandi include charges related to dacoity (IPC section-395), charges related to house-trespass after preparation to hurt, assault or wrongful restraint (IPC section-452) and charges related to criminal intimidation (IPC section-506).
ADR has prepared the list after analysing election affidavits of the leaders, which revealed that 5 of the 22 ministers have criminal cases against them.
Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, who had resigned from his post as Agriculture Minister for allegedly shielding the accused in Pipili gang rape case in the previous government, has five cases against him.
The cases include culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended (IPC Section-301) and charge related to false statement on oath or affirmation to public servant or person authorized to administer an oath or affirmation (IPC Section-181).
Kamakshya Nagar MLA and new steel and mines Minister Prafulla Mallick has one serious criminal case while charges have been framed related to house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint (IPC section-452), charges related to voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty(IPC section-333), charges related to voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty(IPC section-332), charges related to kidnapping (IPC section-363) and criminal intimidation (IPC section-506).
Textiles and Handlooms Minister Snehangini Chhuria has one case relating to criminal intimidation (IPC-Section-506).
Cases have also been filed against Minister Damodar Rout also in the Kujang JMFC. However, further proceedings in the case have been stayed by the Odisha High Court.