The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Mohammad Shahabuddin from Siwan (Bihar) to Tihar Jail in Delhi. According to the direction of the apex court, the controversial Rashtriya Janata Dal (RLD) leader Shahabuddin is to be shifted to Tihar Jail in Delhi and further trial in the cases registered against him are to be conducted through video conferencing. The court also stated that no special treatment will be given to Shahabuddin in prison. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy ordered Bihar government to transfer the criminal-turned-politician to Tihar Jail within a week, saying that it is the obligation and duty of the court to ensure free and fair trial. “We direct the state of Bihar to transfer Mohammad Shahabuddin from district jail Siwan to Tihar jail Delhi,” the bench said.
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The order by the Supreme Court came in the wake of the pleas filed by Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were killed in two separate incidents, and Asha Ranjan, wife of scribe Rajdeo Ranjan who was murdered in Siwan, seeking to move the RJD leader from Siwan jail. For a free and fair trial in the cases pending against him, the petitioners told the apex court that Shahabuddin should be transferred from Siwan jail to any other jail outside Bihar.
The first criminal case against Shahabuddin was filed in 1986. Since then, Shahabuddin has accumulated an extensive criminal record. Shahabuddin is currently facing trial in 45 cases which include the murder of journalist Ranjan. He had been in prison since November 2005 in connection with the murder of two brothers from his village and after nearly 11 years in jail, the former MP from Siwan was released on bail on September 10.