Following a plea challenging the bail granted to former RJD MP Shahabuddin by Patna HC in a murder case, the Supreme Court has issued a notice. The apex court has declined to stay the High Court order regarding the bail and said that the matter will be heard on next Monday, September 26. A resident of Siwan had filed the plea, along with the government. It was against the bail granted to Shahabuddin on September 10, claiming the misuse of liberty to derail the trial in a case. The government of Bihar on September 16 had filed an appeal in SC, challenging Patna HC’s order which granted bail to the RJD leader.
Shahabuddin was granted bail by Justice Jitendra Mohan Sharma of the Patna High Court on September 7. He was released from the Bhagalpur jail after spending 11 years in prison for the twin murder case of Satish Raj and Girish Raj in September 2004. Chandrakeshwar Prasad, who had filed the petition had said that there was a threat to his life after Shahabuddin’s release. Shahabuddin was convicted for the murder of Prasad’s two sons. HC released Shahabuddin since the trial for the murder of Chandrakeshwar Prasad’s third son had not begun yet.
The state’s Siwan district was on high alert today as the Supreme Court’s hearing was scheduled. According to agency reports, there could have been a big issue in the state and that would have set the law and order situation upside down if Shahabuddin’s bail was cancelled. But the Supreme Court has issued and notice and will hear the case on next Monday, September 26. Earlier coming to of jail, Shahabuddin told TV channel India Today, “I have come out on the court order and will go back to jail if the court so wishes.”