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IB officials seek Bihar police help to find ‘missing’ Shahabuddin files

nation Updated: May 27, 2016 07:00 IST

PATNA: Some key files related to incarcerated former MP Md Shahabuddin, currently in the spotlight after the killing of Hindustan newspaper’s Siwan bureau chief Rajdeo Ranjan, may have allegedly gone missing.

According to highly placed sources, Intelligence Bureau officials recently approached former DGP DP Ojha to gather details about the report — a 265-page special document on Shahabuddin — that was submitted to the government by the police headquarters during Ojha’s tenure. It allegedly mentioned the former MP’s links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Kashmiri militants and Pakistan’s Intelligence agency ISI.

The DGP had also written to the state government to take Centre’s assistance in the matter.

The report, submitted in 2003, reportedly also cited Shahabuddin’s alleged meeting with Dawood in 2001 in Mecca. The DGP was removed from the post soon after the report was submitted and he had later admitted in an interview that his actions against Shahabuddin led to his ouster. After his removal, Ojha had demanded the report be made public, which never happened.

Sources said the IB was now trying to corroborate the details highlighted during Ojha’s tenure. “With the Bihar government recommending a CBI probe, the agency would like to gather all details before stepping in,” they added.

Incidentally, Ojha had also recommended a CBI probe into the activities of the former MP before his removal.

“In fact, I would like to move the Supreme Court for shifting the controversial RJD MP Shahabuddin to Tihar Jail in New Delhi and the CBI to take up investigation into all the 40-odd cases against him,” Ojha had then said in an interview.

First Published: May 27, 2016 07:00 IST