Ramakishore Singh, the LJP MP from Vaishali in Bihar, Tuesday surrendered in a Durg district court, Chhattisgarh, in a 2001 case of kidnapping of businessman Jaichand Vaidya.
While eight persons were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the case, Singh was declared an absconder.
“Ramakishore Singh surrendered before the court Tuesday, after the Supreme Court directed him to do so. The court has sent him to seven-day police custody,” Durg SP Amresh Mishra told The Indian Express.
Vaidya, a petrol pump owner based in Chhattisgarh, was abducted in May 2001. He was released a month and a half
later after Rs 25 lakh ransom was paid to the abductors.
The police had named Ramakishore Singh in the chargesheet, stating that the vehicle used in the kidnapping belonged to him. According to the chargesheet, the accused had taken shelter at Singh’s residence in Bihar who was then an MLA.
For 15 years, the police were unable to arrest Singh, despite him being a public representative who contested elections.
A senior police officer said a High Court order, obtained by Singh, obstructed them from arresting him as the order asked the police not “to use coercive means” for arrest.
“The petitioner in the case went in for appeal against the order, and alleged police laxity, after which the Supreme Court ordered that Ramakishore Singh surrender within a stipulated time frame. The last day was Tuesday,” a senior officer said.