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Jailed Maoist in poll fray

Jailed Maoist Kameshwar Baitha, facing 55 criminal cases, today filed his nomination apers as a JMM candidate from Palamau constituency.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2009 22:05 IST

Jailed Maoist Kameshwar Baitha, facing 55 criminal cases, today filed his nomination apers as a JMM candidate from Palamau constituency.

Representing Baitha, JMM's district president Ganesh Singh and Congress district President Chandrasekhar Shukla went to the office of the returning officer, Amitabh Kaushal, and submitted the papers.

"Now the papers would be sent to Bhabhua jail (in Bihar) to obtain Baitha's signature under oath before the jailor," Kaushal told newsmen.

Baitha's wife and son were also present during the nomination.

In his nomination papers, Baitha admitted to have been involved in 55 cases, including killing and blasts, before his arrest in 2007. He was the self-styled Maoist Zonal Commander when he was arrested.

This is second time Baitha has thrown his hat in the electoral battle.

Contesting as a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate in a by-poll in 2007, he finished second behind the sitting RJD MP Ghuran Ram, who is also in the fray.

As a part of the electoral understanding between the JMM and the Congress, the JMM got Palamau seat.