The Bihar government has moved the Patna high court seeking the cancellation of bail given in various cases to 101 history-sheeters and hardened criminals.
A very prominent name on this list is that of Mohammed Shahabuddin, the former RJD MP from Siwan in north Bihar, who has been lodge in Siwan jail for several years.
Others on the list include Awadesh Mandal, husband of JD (U) MLA from Rupauli in north eastern Bihar, Bima Bharti, Kundan Singh, a notorious gangster holding sway in Patna, Omkarnath Singh alias Sheru Singh, active in Buxar district of central Bihar and Ram Charitra Yadav of Madhubani in north Bihar.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was quick to hit out at the state government move, alleging Siwan MP Shahabuddin was being kept in jail “on trumped up charges”.
Lalu said Shahabuddin had already got bail in old cases but new cases are being slapped on him to keep him behind bars.
However, Bihar director general of police (DGP) Abhayanand said the 101 persons whose bail cancellation had been sought were all professional criminals involved in major incidents of crime after being enlarged on bail.
He also said that the police administration had ample evidence to prove their involvement in major incidence of crime in the past few months. “We will continue this (bail cancellation) exercise in the days to come,” he added.
A vast majority of criminals whose bail cancellation has been sought are from Samastipur, Khagaria, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga (all north Bihar districts), Bhojpur, Buxar and Gaya (in south Bihar).
Most of them are facing charges of murder, loot, extortion and kidnapping and were convicted after speedy trials, in the last few years. Sources said affidavits seeking cancellation of their bails had been filed by DSP (administration) Raj Kumar, on different dates, from June 18 to July 5.