Nearly third of Indian cabinet charged with crimes, despite Modi pledge

November 10, 2014 1:09 PM

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Nearly third of Indian cabinet charged with crimes, despite Modi pledge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Attempted murder, waging war on the state, criminal intimidation and fraud are some of the charges on the rap sheets of ministers Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed to the cabinet on Sunday, jarring with his pledge to clean up politics.Seven of 21 new ministers face prosecution, taking the total in the 66-member cabinet to almost one third, a higher proportion than before the weekend expansion.

At least five people in the cabinet have been charged with serious offences such as rape and rioting.

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