Asha Devi, the wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, today lashed out at the Bihar government and demanded capital punishment for those who were involved in her husband’s murder, according to Times Now report. Her sharp remarks came after the CBI took custody of RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin, the four-time MP from Siwan, in connection with the murder of Ranjan, a journalist of a prominent Hindi daily in Siwan. I have faith that people who are involved in my husband’s murder would be brought to justice, she told Times Now. Asked whether there was any political pressure in the case, Asha Devi said that such people work behind the government. The ruling dispensation is dependent on these people, she said, adding it was obvious that there would be political backing for the accused. Ranjan was shot dead on May 13 last year.
The CBI, which has taken over investigations last year, said that Shahabuddin has been brought to the agency headquarters for questioning in this case, according to PTI report. Notably, Shahabuddin was lodged in Tihar prison. The agency informed a Muzaffarpur court that his name has surfaced as an accused in the case and it needs his custodial interrogation. The agency was granted the permission by the court to question him.
Watch- Asha Devi’s, the wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, reaction
I have faith that people who are involved in my husband’s murder would be brought to justice: Wife of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan pic.twitter.com/lFCknC7to2
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It has been learned that Shahabuddin is facing trial in more than 45 criminal cases and was moved to Tihar Jail in February this year on a Supreme Court order on a plea by Siwan native Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were killed in two separate incidents, according to PTI report.
Earlier on May 22, A CBI court in Muzaffarpur had issued production warrant against Shahabuddin seeking his appearance before it from Tihar Jail through video conferencing for his trial in the murder case of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. Special CBI Judge Anupama Kumari had issued the warrant against Shahabuddin on the plea of CBI’s Deputy Superintendent Sunil Kumar Rawat for producing him in court through video conferencing for his trial.