The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a petition seeking a direction for the arrest of Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, former RJD MP from Bihar, in connection with the 1998 murder of Bihar MLA Ajit Sarkar.
“We cannot leave our judgeship and go about searching for him. That is not our job. You better approach the competent authority with your complaint,” Justice Markandeya Katju, heading the bench, said.
The court’s remarks came on a plea filed by witness Rabindranath Singh, who complained that CBI failed to arrest Yadav even after cancellation of his bail by the SC.
The court had on May 2 cancelled Yadav’s bail and slammed the Patna High Court for “committing contempt” by violating its order against his release. It had directed Yadav to surrender but till now he has neither given up nor has he been held. The SC had earlier said no bail should be granted to Yadav by any court in the country.
Special CBI judge B.M. Srivastava had on February 14, 2008, pronounced Yadav, former independent MLA Rajan Tiwari and Anil Yadav guilty of Sarkar’s murder and awarded them jail terms for life.
CBI had on March 26 moved SC against the February 18, 2009 order of the Patna HC granting bail to Yadav.
“It is a matter of regret that despite clear order passed by this court in November, 2006, that no bail should be granted by any court, the High Court has gone ahead and granted bail," the bench had said while allowing CBI’s appeal plea for bail cancellation.
Sarkar, who had a running feud with Yadav over issues relating to farm labourers, along with his driver Harendra Sharma, and party worker Ashfaqur Rehman, was gunned down in Purnea town on June 14, 1998.