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CBI nod to shifting RJD politician Shahabuddin from Bihar to Tihar jail

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) supported the demand to move gangster-turned-politician Shahabuddin out of Bihar jail to Delhi-based Tihar jail.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2016 06:53 IST
HT Correspondent

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) supported the demand to move gangster-turned-politician Shahabuddin out of Bihar jail to Delhi-based Tihar jail.

Appearing in the Supreme Court on behalf of the CBI, additional solicitor general PS Narasimha also favoured transferring the trial of criminal cases against the former RJD parliamentarian to Delhi. “We welcome transfer of those cases where CBI is the prosecuting agency. But, the state of Bihar must clarify its position with regard to those cases where it is pursuing the trial against him (Shahabuddin),” Narasimha told a bench headed by justice Dipak Misra.

“This case is a test case in Indian criminal jurisprudence on witness protection and fair trial,” the bench noted, fixing Tuesday to pass orders on two petitions that want a direction to lodge Shahabuddin in Tihar jail.

The first case was filed by the wife of murdered journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, who worked with a national Hindi daily Hindustan. She alleged that Shahabuddin had masterminded the killing and wanted him to be transferred out of Bihar as he continues to wield influence despite being in jail.

The second petition was moved by a man whose two sons were murdered, allegedly at the behest of the RJD leader. According to the petitioner, his third son witnessed the murder of his two brothers and was killed before he could record his evidence in the case.

Shahabuddin’s counsel, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, opposed his client’s transfer, arguing it would jeopardise his relatives’ visitation rights.

Meanwhile, the CBI gave a sealed cover report on the status of its investigation in Ranjan’s murder. Mobile phones of the accused and the victim have been sent to the experts to retrieve the data. The CBI said it had collected the hard disk of the victim’s computer and sent it to experts.