Court cases overshadow Modi’s Cabinet


MORE than 30% of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet members have criminal cases pending against them, Makkal Osai reported.

Modi was returned to power for a third term but with a much reduced majority, after the opposition alliance performed better than expected.

His latest Cabinet line-up comprises 72 ministers from the various component parties in government, with 28 of them having court cases pending.

Of the 28, 19 ministers face serious charges such as attempted murder, offences against women, hate speech and incitement to riot, according to the non-partisan Association for Democratic Reforms.

> An Indian student from Perak has received the King’s Scout (Pengakap Diraja) award from the Sultan of Perak, the daily also reported.

Murugan Manoharan was also named the best Boy Scout among the students to receive the honour.

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