Coal Belt trade union leader and chairman of Ballia district board in Uttar Pradesh Ramadhir Singh appeared in two Dhanbad courts on Tuesday in connection with four different cases, and was sent to jail in an extortion case dating back to 1999.
Ramadhir’s appearance followed the surrender of his nephew Sanjeev Singh eight days ago.
Ramadhir, also an accused in the murder of Congress leader Suresh Singh on December 7 last year, first appeared in the court of first class judicial magistrate Brij Kishor Pandey in connection with three cases, including two related to election offences in 2009 in which he was granted bail. The third case related to the Bhumi Pujan of a mining outsourcing company that took place on June 21, 2010 was referred to a sessions court for hearing.
It was at the court of first class judicial magistrate S.K. Dubey that matters did not go in Ramadhir’s favour. It was in an extortion case of November 1999 that he was sent to jail. The court while hearing the arguments of his lawyers Dileep Singh and Samar Srivastava, accepted his surrender in the extortion case but dismissed his bail petition as not pressed and fixed the date of hearing as September 24.
Acting on information that extortion demands were being made from some contractors in the sales office of BCCL, the Saraidhela police raided the office on November 18, 1999 and arrested four persons. During interrogation, the four told the police they were acting on the behest of Ramadhir and a case was registered.