Shahabuddin fails to appear before court
Jail authorities could not produce controversial RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin before a court on Monday as he was 'indisposed'.Updated: May 29, 2006 17:20 IST
Jail authorities could not produce controversial RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin before a court on Monday as he was 'indisposed'.
Shahabuddin could not be produced before the court of First Class Judicial Magistrate B Gupta in a case relating to recovery of firearms during raids conducted at his Pratappur house as he was 'unwell', official sources said.
The court later sought a report from Siwan Jail Superintendent Lalan Prasad Singh on his health. Shahabuddin is suffering from problems in his spine, the sources said.
Jail authorities have failed to produce the MP before court on several occasions in the past after he was shifted here from Bhagalpur Central Jail on May seven.
The state government had recently constituted two special courts to ensure speedy trial of cases pending against Shahabuddin in the wake of a Patna High Court order.
Shahabuddin, the Siwan strongman currently lodged in the Divisional Jail there, is facing over three dozen criminal cases.
The RJD MP is also charged with sedition as foreign-made firearms and ammunition bearing the mark of Pakistan Ordnance Factory was recovered during raids on his house in April last year.
The High Court had recently asked the state government to ensure completion of trial of cases against Shahabuddin under Arms Act within six months.
First Published: May 29, 2006 17:20 IST