The Supreme Court on Monday mulled shifting RJD strongman Mohd. Shahabuddin, facing trial in 45 criminal cases, from Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in the national capital saying it is test case for the "concept of fair trial and witness protection".
"This is a case which gives a test for criminal jurisprudence on the concept of fair trial and witness protection," a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while also favouring all the pending criminal cases in Bihar to Delhi.
The bench adjourned the hearing for tomorrow and asked the advocates to come prepared on the point of transfer of cases and accused to Delhi from Siwan.
At the outset, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade appearing for Shahabuddin said the petition filed by wife of a journalist who was killed in May has sought his transfer out of the jail in Siwan. He said that the plea is an interested litigation and is politically motivated and just because their are allegations he should not be transferred.
To this the bench said that for the concept of fair trial he can be transferred out of Siwan jail.