Guwahati: Three candidates are among those who have filed nominations for the April seven first phase Lok Sabha poll in Assam have criminal cases pending against them in the court.
One among them is the controversial former Congress MP, Moni Kumar Subba, and the two others are former ULFA militants.
The regional Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is the only political party to give a ticket to a former ULFA militant, Hari Prasad Dihingiya from Lakhimpur. He has cases pending against him under the TADA Act.
The Congress denied ticket to Subba, after which he filed his nomination as an independent from Tezpur.
Former ULFA militant Jiten Gogoi, who was an independent member of the state legislative assembly for two consecutive terms since 2001, also faces charges pending against him in the Additional Sessions Court of Golaghat.
According to the affidavit signed by Subba who represented the Congress from Tezpur in the Lok Sabha for three consecutive terms, he lost the 2009 polls to AGP`s Joseph Toppo.
Subba is an accused in two cases for alleged rape, cheating and forgery with the concerned courts taking cognisance of the cases and framing charges against him.
In the first case, Subba has been charged under Section 376 of IPC for alleged offence of rape and Additional Session Judge of Kamrup, Guwahati took cognisance of the case and framed charges on January 3, 2012.
The case is currently pending in the Additional Sessions Judge No:4, Kamrup.