The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to RJD leader Shahabuddin, Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav and the Bihar government in connection with the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra asked the CBI to proceed with the investigation of the scribe’s murder and directed the Bihar police to provide protection to his wife, Asha Ranjan, and her family.
The apex court directed the CBI to file a status report on October 17, the next date of hearing.
Asha had moved Supreme Court seeking transfer of probe and trial to Delhi alleging that media reports had shown two ‘absconding killers’ of her husband allegedly in the company of recently-released Shahabuddin and Tej Pratap Yadav.
She had also pleaded for a CBI investigation after the proclaimed offenders, Mohd Kaif and Mohd Javed, were allegedly spotted with Shahabuddin and the state health minister.
According to the plea, Shahabuddin was the brain behind the scribe’s death. But the police did not name him in the FIR.
The plea said, Shahabuddin was irked over reports by Ranjan on a murder case in which he was convicted and awarded life term.
Ranjan worked for Hindustan -- a sister concern of Hindustan Times and one of Bihar’s largest circulating newspapers -- for 20 years. The scribe was shot dead on May 13 in Siwan.
Shahabuddin, who was granted bail by the Patna high court on September 7, was released from Bhagalpur jail on September 10 after eleven years in prison.
Kaif surrendered in a Siwan district court on Septmeber 21.