Special courts in jail to try Shahabuddin
Trial in cases against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin will begin inside jail premises soon.india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 19:23 IST
Trial in cases against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin will begin inside jail premises soon with the Bihar government setting up two special courts inside prison.
Shahabuddin is lodged in Siwan jail in his home district.
Official sources said Friday the law department had issued a notification for setting up a District and Sessions Judge Court and another Judicial Magistrate's Court inside Siwan jail for speedy trial.
Shahabuddin, a Lok Sabha member from Siwan since 1996, faces charges in over 40 criminal cases, including those relating to murder, abduction, possession of illegal arms and stolen vehicles. He is also facing charges of sedition.
"The trial would begin in a day or two in the special courts," said home secretary Afzal Amanullah.
He said separate rooms inside Siwan jail had been converted into courtrooms for the purpose and the Patna High Court had appointed judges for the two courts.
According to official sources eight cases would be tried on a priority basis in the special courts.
Last month Shahabuddin was shifted to Siwan jail from the high security Bhagalpur prison in the wake of a Patna High Court directive to speed up the trial of cases against him.
Officials said the government decided to try Shahabuddin inside the jail in view of the security risks involved in taking him to the district courts and also because of his health problems.
Shahabuddin is said to be suffering from acute spinal pain. Earlier, he had failed to appear before the Siwan court due to health problems.