Criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin who represented Siwan in the Lok Sabha for four successive terms between 1996 and 2008 – has spent more than 10 years in jail in multiple cases.
He was arrested on November 5, 2005 from his official MP’s residence in New Delhi by a joint team of Bihar and Delhi police. The Patna high court on September 7 granted him bail in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan. He was released from jail on September 10.
The Bihar government has said that a total of 75 criminal cases are registered against Shahabuddin. Of these, he has been convicted in 10 cases and acquitted in 20, while the remaining 45 are pending trial in various stages. In most of the pending cases, trial has been stayed by the Patna high court.
Here are some of the criminal cases where his name has figured or where he was convicted:
December 12, 2015: A Siwan court sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment in a 2004 double murder case. He was convicted of abducting and killing Satish Raj (25) and Girish Raj (20), sons of a businessman, on August 16, 2004. The victims were drenched in acid before being killed.
June 16, 2014: Rajiv Roshan (36) an eyewitness in the murder of his two brothers -- Satish Raj and Girish Raj -- was shot dead, three days before he was to appear as witness.
August 31, 2007: A special court in Siwan convicted him for attacking the then Siwan Superintendent of Police S K Singhal on May 3, 1996.
May 5, 2007: A special court in Bihar convicted him for abduction and killing of CPI (ML) worker Chhote Lal Gupta in February 1999. He was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.
March 16, 2001: A shootout between Shahabuddin’s men and the Bihar and UP police in his native village in Siwan, led to the death of 10 persons, including two policemen.
March 31, 1997: Student leader and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) office-bearer Chandrasekhar Prasad was gunned down in broad daylight in his hometown of Siwan by sharpshooters allegedly employed by Shahabuddin.