Move Shahabuddin to Delhi’s Tihar jail for fair trial: SC to Bihar govt

The former RJD MP has 45 criminal cases filed against him

india Updated: Feb 15, 2017 11:45 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Four-time RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin is currently lodged in Bihar’s Siwan jail.(HT File Photo)

The Supreme Court has ordered the Bihar government to move gangster-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin to Delhi’s Tihar jail for a free and fair trial.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said no special treatment will be given to the RJD leader.

The four-time RJD MP from Siwan is currently lodged in Bihar’s Siwan jail after the Supreme Court cancelled his bail granted by the Patna high court last year in connection with the killing of the prime witness in the murder of two brothers by pouring acid on them.

The 50-year-old has 45 criminal cases filed against him.

The top court order came on petitions filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan and Chandrakeshwar Prasad whose three sons were allegedly murdered.

Asha Ranjan has accused Shahabuddin of conspiring her husband’s murder in May last year. The case is being investigated by the CBI.

Shahabuddin is convicted for masterminding the killing of Prasad’s two sons. He is currently facing trial in the murder case of Prasad’s third son who was a witness to his brothers’ deaths.

The Supreme Court said the trial will take place through video-conferencing and the cases in which trial was put on hold by the high court should be decided in four months.

First Published: Feb 15, 2017 11:31 IST