10 Most Corrupt Indian Politicians((MensXP.com))Here is our pick of the 10 most corrupt politicians of India.Suresh KalmadiSuresh Kalmadi, almost single handedly caused a loss of hundreds of crores of rupees to thecountry. The Commonwealth Games, organized by Kalmadi was no less than a loot withnumerous reports of the magnum opus event being soaked in corruption making headlines waybefore the Games had even started. Apparently, out of Rs. 70000 crores spent on the Games,only half of the amount was actually spent. Owing to his involvement in the scam, Kalmadi wascharged with corruption and sent to Tihar jail.A. RajaA scam worth Rs. 176,000 crore had former Union Cabinet Minister for Communications andInformation Technology, Andimuthu Raja at the centre. A. Raja as he is generally called, was theprime accused in the 2G spectrum scam, which was the largest that the country had seen in along time. Following the shocking exposure, Raja was indicted and forced to resign. Presently,he is too has been lodged at the Tihar jail and is awaiting his trial.
MayawatiMayawati has always been criticized for ostentatious display of power in her state. She hasallegedly used her status as chief minister to amass large amounts of personal wealth. She wascharged with corruption when the Taj Heritage Corridor Case was uncovered. Mayawatisbirthdays have always been media events, where she usually appears decked in diamondjewellery and also accepts public donations for which, she often comes under fire. Her assets areworth millions of dollars and in the year 2007-08, she had paid an income tax of Rs. 26 crores,which placed her amongst the top 20 taxpayers of the yearLalu Prasad YadavThe fact that Lalu Prasad Yadav has been an accused in 63-odd cases serves for the fact that Lalustands as one of the strongest competitor in the list. The biggest scam that rocked Lalus politicalcareer was the fodder scam which involved the embezzlement of Rs. 950 crore approximately.The accusation of nepotism against him has come up time and again but hardly any action hasbeen taken against him owing to his connections in the government.Madhu KodaFormer Jharkand Chief Minister, and only the third independent legislator to assume the office ofchief minister in India, Madhu Koda was responsible for a scam worth over Rs. 4000 crore. Theman exploited the states natural resources by licensing illegal mining leases and stashing awaythe wealth amassed during the undertaking. Furthermore, the Maoists received a 30% share ofthe booty. Koda was arrested on charges of money laundering and is still in prison following therejection of numerous bail applications.
Mulayam Singh YadavMulayam Singh Yadav is also known as one of the most corrupt ministers in the country despitenot being directly involved in any major scams. Apart from his name being involved inappointments of tainted officers and mishandling of his power as chief minister, Mulayam Singhhad one major allegation levelled against him– accumulation of disproportionate assets. The casedrew limelight on his sons and daughter-in-law as they too were holders of the assests thatamounted to crores of rupees.KarunanidhiThe corruptions charges against M. Karunanidhi are so many that he is often referred to as theking or emperor of corruption. He was accused of lending support to the LTTE and was indictedfor abetting the LTTE in the interim report which oversaw the investigation into Rajiv Gandhisassassination.Karunanidhi reportedly institutionalized corruption in the South. He was a leading player in thecash for votes scams that are common in the southern region, as well as notorious foe extremenepotism shown under his rule. Not so surprising, is the fact that the main accused in the 2Gscam, A, Raja, considers him to be his mentor.
Sharad PawarVery few people can miss the cosy relationship that Sharad Pawar shares with power andmoney.Every now and then, Pawar draws flak for alleged investments made by him and hisfamily in various illegal projects. He was named by Abdul Karim Telgi, during a narcoanalysistest, stating that it was Pawars brainchild to print fake stamp papers across the country and mintmoney. He was also accused in a multi-crore scam involving wheat imports and institutionsheaded by him and his close associates were served notices by the Bombay High Court forshowing favoritism to his family.JayalalithaaThe Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has a staggering 46 corruption cases against her. Amongst thevarious scams were the Rs. 70 million coal import scam, Tansi land deal case, case ofdisproportionate assets and colour TV case, amongst many others. A raid in her residence andbusiness establishments led to the seizure of some 28 kg of jewellery (worth Rs 51 crore), 91wrist-watches, 41 air-conditioners, 10,500 sarees, 750 pairs of footwears, etc. She along with herformer cabinet colleagues and senior bureaucrats who worked with her are still facinginvestigation with regard to corruption.
BS YeddyurappaThe most recent politician http://www.mensxp.com/special-features/top-10/5458-meet-the-top-10-young-politicians-of-india.html to be caught in the web of corruption is former Chief Ministerof Karnataka, B. S. Yeddyurappa. While he has a number of corruption lying against him, theone that toppled his career was his alleged involvement in the illegal iron ore export scam indistricts of Karnataka. A lot of blame game followed and ended up with Yeddyurappa losing hisministerial post last month. Despite his denial, his image as one of the most corrupt politicians ofthe country will not fade anytime soon