Updated: March 30, 2016 9:05:59 am
At least 105 members of the current Lok Sabha are yet to declare their assets and liabilities, almost two years after they were elected.
Those who have not filed their details include all five MPs of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and all four MPs of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The least defaulters are from the ruling BJP — only two of its 280 members have not filed their declarations as on March 16, 2016.
According to the Lok Sabha rules, “Every elected candidate for the House shall, within 90 days from the date on which he makes and subscribes an oath or affirmation for taking his seat, furnish” declarations of his assets and liabilities. However, over 19 per cent of the current members are yet to make the declarations despite repeated reminders from Lok Sabha secretariat.
The Lok Sabha secretariat informed The Indian Express under the RTI Act that 14 of 45 Congress MPs are yet to make their declarations, including Captain Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Congress chief. Eight of the 34 members of the Trinamool Congress have also not filed their details. Ten of the 16 MPs of TDP are in the list of defaulters, as are 9 of the 18 Shiv Sena members.
SP has five MPs, including party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav, his nephews Dharmendra Yadav, Akshay Yadav and grand-nephew Tejpratap Singh Yadav. None of them have declared their details.
The two defaulters of the BJP are Dilipkumar Mansukhlal Gandhi and Ravindra Kumar Ray. Gandhi represents Ahmednagar constituency and Ray was elected from Kodarma (Jharkhand).
The Members of Lok Sabha (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Rules 2004 have no provision for defaulters, but it says, “No reference of any question as to whether a member has wilfully contravened any provision of these rules shall be made except by a complaint in relation to such member made in accordance with the provisions to these rules.” The complaint, according to the rules, shall be accompanied by “an affidavit duly affirmed by the complainant stating that the complaint is not false, frivolous or vexatious and that it is made in good faith”.
These declarations are made as per Rule 4(4) of The Members of Lok Sabha (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Rules 2004. The Lok Sabha Secretariat said that the declarations are not posted online as the rule says that these “shall be treated as confidential.” However, the secretariat provides copies of the declarations to RTI applicants after taking approval from the Lok Sabha Speaker.
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