The Patna High Court today upheld the decision of a lower court to award life sentence to former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin and three others in connection with the 2004 Siwan acid attack case, as per The Indian Express. The three judge bench, which heard the case, has rejected the petition challenging the lower court’s verdict filed by Shahabuddin. In 2004, Shahabuddin’s henchman, Raj Kumar Sah, had kidnapped three sons of Chandrashekhar Prasad alias Chanda Babu over a property dispute, the report said.
Among the three sons, Girish and Satish were eventually killed by pouring acid on them while another son Rajiv was killed when he was returning home on a motorcycle. Sah and his two other associates were also held guilty of murder. Earlier in 2016, Chandrakeshwar Prasad had said “Shahabuddin was eyeing our property, which we resisted. I have paid the price with the life of three sons. I have been killed thrice,” as per The Indian Express.
Chandrashekhar Prasad fought the legal battle against Shahabuddin for ten years. On December 11, 2015, Shahabuddin, Rajkumar Sah, Sheikh Aslam and Arif Hussain were found guilty in the case. Shahabuddin is presently lodged in Tihar jail. The former RJD MPs name had cropped up during probe and he too was made an accused of hatching conspiracy for kidnapping of the three siblings. The victims’ mother Kalawati Devi had lodged an FIR charging Shahabuddins three henchmen with the murder of her sons.