New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Bihar government to shift former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin from Siwan to Delhi’s Tihar jail within a week.
Ordering to conduct the trial through video conferencing, a SC bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said no special treatment is to be given to the the gangster-turned politician.
“Not only the accused but the victim to have the right to get fair trial,” the court observed while hearing a plea filed by Bihar-based Asha Ranjan, whose husband and journalist Rajdev Ranjan was allegedly shot dead last year by Shahabuddin’s men in Siwan.
Asha Ranjan has accused Shahabuddin of conspiring her husband’s murder in May last year. The case is being investigated by the CBI. Around 45-odd criminal cases are pending against the four-time MP.
The SC said the cases in which trial was put on hold by the Patna High Court should be decided within four months.
Earlier in October last year, the apex court had cancelled the bail granted to the RJD leader by Patna High Court on September 7 and had directed the Bihar government to take him into custody immediately underlining his criminal antecedents and “societal interest”.
Hours after the SC order, Shahabuddin turned himself in and surrendered before a court in Siwan, which sent him to divisional jail.
The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of appeals filed by the Bihar government and the parents of three men, killed allegedly at the behest of the RJD leader.
Shahabuddin has been convicted and sentenced to life term for murdering two sons of complaints Chandrakeshwar Prasad alias Chanda Babu and Kalawati Devi. The trial for allegedly killing their third son, who was an eyewitness to the murder of his brothers, is yet to commence.
The High Court, ruing the delay in commencing this trial, had granted Shahabuddin bail on September 7.