Ahead of hearing, Bihar govt highlights Shahabuddin’s ‘incorrigible’ conduct
The Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday filed additional documents in the Supreme Court to highlight Md Shahabuddin’s unruly conduct in jail a day before a crucial hearing on petitions seeking to put the RJD strongman back in jail.india Updated: Sep 27, 2016 21:53 IST
The Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday filed additional documents in the Supreme Court to highlight Md Shahabuddin’s unruly conduct in jail a day before a crucial hearing on petitions seeking to put the RJD strongman back in jail.
The Bihar government also submitted a list of 75 criminal cases in which Shahabuddin’s name figured. Out of these, he has been convicted in 10 and acquitted in 20, while the remaining 45 are pending trial at various stages. In most of the cases pending against him, trial has been stayed by the Patna high court.
Also, copies of a letter written by the Siwan district magistrate to the state home department highlighting Shahabuddin’s “incorrigible tendency” to do things against established norms in jail have also be submitted by the state.
Shahabuddin — who represented Siwan in the Lok Sabha for four successive terms between 1996 and 2008 — was in jail for more than 10 years and was granted bail by the Patna high court on September 7 in the case of the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan.
The Supreme Court is to take up on Wednesday three petitions — one filed by the Bihar government and two separate petitions by the father and mother of the three brothers allegedly killed at the behest of Shahabuddin.
The petitions of the Bihar government and Chandrakeshwar Prasad have demanded quashing of the Patna high court’s September 7 order granting bail to the former RJD MP. The one filed by Kalavati Devi has challenged the high court’s March 2016 order to release Shahabuddin on bail in connection with the murder of her two sons — a case in which he has already been convicted.
A bench of Justice PC Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy had on Monday deferred the hearing on these petitions as noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani was not available to argue the case for him.
“Since there are allegations and counter allegations being made in the case, we shall not pass any order without hearing both the sides. We are fixing it on Wednesday,” the bench had said.
Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Shahabuddin on Monday, said his client was a victim of media trial and should be given adequate opportunity to present his case.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for Chandrakeshwar Prasad of Siwan — whose three sons were murdered allegedly at the behest of Shahabuddin, sought an urgent hearing of the case.
The top court had on September 19 asked Shahabuddin to respond to the petitions filed by the Bihar government and Prasad challenging the Patna high court’s order granting him bail.
Another petition filed by the wife of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan — allegedly killed at Shahabuddin’s behest — seeking transfer of the case outside Bihar is being separately heard and is likely to be taken up on Monday.