Raghubar Das (born 3 May 1955) is currently chief minister of Jharkhand state of India. He was sworn in as the 6th chief minister of Jharkhand state on 28 December 2014. He is an Indian politician and belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party. A former employee of Tata Steel, he served as the member of legislative assembly for five times, representing Jamshedpur East since 1995. He also served as the Deputy Chief Minister and the Urban Development Minister during the BJP-led government in the state. During the period of emergency (25june 1975), was sent behind the bar.
Das belongs to Other Backward Class (OBC) Teli family. He was born on May 3, 1955 to Chavan Ram, a labourer with a steel company. He passed matriculation from Bhalubasa Harijan High School, and completed B.Sc. from Jamshedpur Cooperative College. He also studied law from the same college and acquired LLB degree. After studies, he joined Tata Steel as a labourer.
Das was involved in politics since his college days. He participated in Jayprakash Narayan-led Total Revolution movement in the state. He was arrested and imprisoned in Gaya and was again imprisoned during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi. Subsequently, Das joined the Janata Party in 1977. Later he joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a founding member in 1980. He participated in the first Nation Committee meeting of BJP in Mumbai in 1980. He was appointed as the chief of unit of Sitaramdera in Jamshedpur. Later he served as the city chief secretary and the vice president of Jamshedpur. BJP secretary and then became the vice president. He was elected as the member of Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1995 from Jamshedpur East. He again won from the same constituency five times. He was appointed as a chief of BJP in Jharkhand in 2004. The BJP won 30 seats in Jharkhand Legislative Assembly election, 2005. He also served as the Urban Development Minister during the NDA government in 2005 under Arjun Munda as the chief minister. He also led the Indian general election, 2009 in the state. He held the office of Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand state from 30 December 2009 to 29 May 2010, when Shibu Soren was the chief minister. He was also appointed as the vice president in the National Committee of BJP on August 16, 2014. He has shown assets to the tune of around Rs. 21 lakh. When BJP secured majority in Jharkhand Legislative Assembly election, 2014, he became the sixth and the first non-tribal chief minister of the state in December 2014.
Details of Criminal Cases
There are eight serious criminal offences registered against Das. Criminal proceedings have been filed against him under various IPC Sections of 147 (Punishment for Rioting), 149 ( Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 353 ( Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 224 ( Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension), 225 ( Resistance or obstruction to lawful apprehension of another person), 452 ( House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint). Four Cases are registered against him under Section 3(1) Bihar Prevention of Defacement of Property Act. Court has taken cognizance of offence under IPC Section 188, 177, 147, 143, 341, 188, 353, 186, 427 against him.