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Old case heat on MP

Patna, June 6: Ramakishore Singh, alias Rama Singh, the new LJP MP from Vaishali, is a proclaimed absconder in a kidnapping case but the state police headquarters does not have a record of it.

The name of Rama, who was present in Parliament today, figured in the kidnapping case of petrol pump owner Jaichand Vaidya from Durg, Chhattisgarh, on May 29, 2001. An FIR was lodged at Kumhari police outpost in Chhattisgarh and Vaidya was released after a month and a half for a ransom of Rs 25 lakh.

The police later submitted a chargesheet against the accused, including Rama Singh, then the Mahnar MLA, in the court concerned. Six persons were awarded life term after the Durg court found them guilty in 2007. Five others, including Rama, were declared absconders.

The court headed by then additional district and sessions judge Ravishankar Sharma directed the superintendent of police to set up a special task force to locate the absconders. It later issued a permanent arrest warrant under which an absconder can be arrested from anywhere in the country against Rama and the others.

In spite of all the proceedings, Rama campaigned for the Lok Sabha elections and went on to defeat the RJDs Raghuvansh Prasad Singh.

Vaishali superintendent of police Suresh Prasad Choudhary today said: I have gone through the records, but no warrant is pending at my office.

Even the state police headquarters is in the dark. A senior officer said: It is impossible that a person against whom a permanent warrant has been pending was spared during the election. The warrant is although directly sent to the police station concerned from the court. It doesnt come to us (headquarters).

Raghuvansh, a former Union rural development minister, accused Rama of concealing information in his election affidavit. RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who was present during press briefing in Delhi, also demanded action.

Raghuvansh said: I have taken up the matter with the Election Commission and sought its intervention. I have also drawn the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter sent to his office. I am waiting for a response.

The MP, right now in the eye of the storm, however, told The Telegraph: I have not concealed any information regarding cases pending against me in my election affidavit. The details about the cases have been mentioned in the affidavit.


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