Fresh plea in apex court against grant of bail to Shahabuddin
In a fresh trouble for RJD leader Mohd Shahabuddin, the mother of three youths who were brutally killed by henchmen of the controversial politician has moved the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of bail granted to him in the case in which he has already been sentenced to life.
The woman, whose two sons were killed and her third son, who was an eye witness to the incident, later on murdered allegedly at the instance of Shahabuddin, has challenged the Patna High Court’s March 2 this year order granting regular bail to him during pendency of his appeal.
While a sessions court in Siwan had convicted Shahabuddin for the offence of murder and kidnapping for ransom in the twin murder case and had awarded life imprisonment to him, the trial in the murder case of the eye witness son is going on. In her plea, Kalawati Devi has claimed that the high court had “completely lost sight” of the fact that Shahabuddin was a “dreaded criminal, who has absolutely no regard for the law, and granting bail to him even though he has been convicted for heinous offences like murder, abduction etc and is still facing trial in many of the cases lodged against him would be travesty of justice”.
On September 19, the apex court had sought a response from Shahabuddin on a separate plea filed by Devi’s husband Chandrakeshwar Prasad challenging the bail granted to him by Patna High Court in the murder case of their third son.
The apex court is also hearing a separate plea filed by the widow of journalist Rajdev Ranjan, who was murdered in Siwan allegedly at the instance of Shahabuddin, seeking transfer of the case to Delhi.
In her plea, Devi has said that as per an affidavit filed by the Bihar government in the apex court, till November 2014, trials in at least 38 cases were pending against him in which he was facing alleged heinous charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting with deadly weapon, extortion and others.