Affidavit analysis: 44% of ministers in Goa have criminal cases – Affidavit analysis: 44% of ministers in Goa have criminal cases
According to election rights body ADR, around 44 per cent of the ministers who took oath in Goa have declared criminal cases against them, of which three face serious charges. The ‘Goa Election Watch’ and the ‘Association for Democratic Reforms’ (ADR) have analyzed the affidavits of all nine ministers, including Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
The ADR said that four (44 per cent) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves and three (33 per cent) ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. According to the ADR report, serious criminal cases mean those offenses which carry a punishment of five years or more.
According to the report, all the ministers are crorepatis and the average assets of these nine ministers is Rs 19.49 crore. The minister who declared the most assets is Atanasio Monserrate from Panaji constituency, who has assets worth Rs 48.48 crore. Govind Shepu Gowde from Priyol constituency has the least assets of Rs 2.67 crore. Eight ministers from Goa have declared liabilities, of which Nilesh Cabral of Karachoram constituency has the highest liability of Rs 11.97 crore. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won the recently held assembly elections in Goa and formed its government in the state.