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Noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan to seek cancellation of Shahabuddin’s bail

india Updated: Sep 11, 2016 20:44 IST
Satya Prakash
Satya Prakash
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Shahabuddin was granted bail by the Patna high court on September 7.(HT Photo)

Noted lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan said on Sunday he will move the Supreme Court for cancellation of bail given to former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP and Bihar strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin who walked out of Bhagalpur jail on Saturday after a decade.

As soon as I get the papers…the Patna high court’s bail order and the related material, we will file our petition,” Bhushan, who has fought many a legal battle including 2G scam and coal scam cases, told HT.

He said: “I have been approached by the father of one of the victims of Shahabuddin’s crime and the filing should happen by Wednesday.”

Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna high court on September 7 in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan.

According to sources, of the cases he faces, Shahabuddin received judgment in 12, four of which have been acquittals, while he has nearly completed his sentence in eight cases. He has been convicted in 10 other cases, while in some, trial is incomplete. In some cases, the fact sheet is in compilation stage, while in some part judgments have granted temporarily bail as the cases continue.

The criminal-turned-politician was elected for four successive terms to the Lok Sabha from Siwan between 1996 and 2008. But he was debarred from contesting polls in 2009 following his conviction in one of the many criminal cases he faces.

After being released from Bhagalpur prison on Saturday morning, he was accorded a grand welcome by his supporters who accompanied him in hundreds of SUVs and bikes to his village Pratappur in Siwan.

But his release from jail has already forced many complainants and witnesses in cases against Shahabuddin to seek police security. Since 1990, Siwan has seen blood on the streets because of a brutal battle for supremacy between Shahabuddin and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation.

Soon after his release on Saturday, Shahabuddin called chief minister Nitish Kumar a “chief minister of circumstances”, triggering political slugfest between RJD and alliance partner JD(U) in Bihar.