91 candidates with criminal record in fray for April 26 polls

Published on Apr 21, 2004 08:39 PM IST

As many as 91 candidates with a criminal record are in the fray for the second phase of assembly polls in Karnataka on April 26.

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As many as 91 candidates with a criminal record are in the fray for the second phase of assembly polls in Karnataka on April 26, a non-governmental body said.

Among the major parties, the BJP heads the list with 21 candidates having a criminal record, the JD(S) follows with 19 and the Congress with 12, the report released by Karnataka Election Watch Committee (KEC) said.

Of the 104 assembly constituencies going to polls in the second round, the KEC was able to get information from 98 constituencies and the report was based on self-declared, sworn affidavits filed by the candidates themselves, KEC said.

Releasing the report, KEC convenor Trilochan Sastry said considering candidates from all parties and the independents, the violent crimes include four of murder under IPC 302, seven of attempt to murder under IPC 307 and 70 for violent actions like assault, causing grievous hurt and use of dangerous weapons.

When pointed out that several of the candidates could be facing cases for holding dharnas, rasta roko or rallies or some other political activity of similar nature, he said Parliament had classified such offences as crimes under the Indian Penal Code.

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