Of the 223 Haryana candidates, 27 are facing criminal charges

corruption, attempted murder, extortion, and molestation. These are just a few of the criminal charges that up to 12% of the 223 candidates running in the Haryana Lok Sabha elections have to deal with.

27 candidates in all have revealed criminal allegations against them, compared to 24 out of 223 (11%) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The main political parties have one such candidate each from the INLD, BSP, and AAP, and two each from the BJP, Congress, and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), who are facing ongoing criminal prosecutions. Thirteen independent candidates are also being prosecuted for crimes.

Raj Babbar, the Congress candidate in Gurugram, is one such example; he was found guilty of assaulting a public official, taking part in an illegal assembly, and inflicting harm. A Lucknow court sentenced him to two years in jail in 2022; however, the Allahabad High Court has postponed his conviction while an appeal is ongoing.

Babbar is additionally charged with rioting, attempted murder, intentionally inflicting harm to dissuade a public official from doing their duties, as well as further counts of fraud, forgery, and criminal conspiracy.

Nine charges are pending against Kurukshetra-based BJP candidate Naveen Jindal, including ones involving accusations of coal block distribution. Three CBI cases pertaining to corruption and deception as well as three ED complaints under the PMLA have been filed against him.

In 2018, the Haryana Prevention of Defacement of Property Act was also used to file charges against him. Since he failed to show up for the hearings at the Panchkula court, he was considered a proclaimed offender in the case. On May 3, after receiving the ticket, he obtained bail.

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