The Supreme Court of India on Monday decided to hear the matter related to the cancellation of bail of former RJD MLA Shahabuddin on Wednesday. Lawyer P Bhushan told the Supreme Court that there were 45 cases against Shahabuddin, out of which 9 were murder cases, while he had been convicted in only 10 these cases. Earlier on September 26, the Supreme Court had issued notices to Lalu Yadav’s son and Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav and RJD’s convicted strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin in connection with the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan. While Shahabuddin is a accused in the case, Tej Pratap was issued notice for allegedly protecting a henchman of Shahabuddin, Mohammad Kaif, who allegedly killed the journalist. The SC has given both of them reply within 2 weeks time to submit their replies. The apex court had also decided to monitor the CBI probe into the journalist’s murder.
The apex court on September 19 had asked Shahabuddin to file replies to a petition by the Bihar government and another filed by the victim’s father, which challenged the Patna High Court’s order of granting him bail. A bench of Sc judges comprising of Pc Ghose and Justice AK Roy had declined an interim stay on the implementation of the HC order and said that it would give the RSS strongman a hearing before issuing any further directions.
The Bihar government counsel Gopal Singh had remained critical of the Patna High Court judge’s ruling the decision in Shahabuddin’s favour. The apex court had argued that the same judge had earlier rejected his bail application and thus should have examined that merits of the plea as per the law and SC judgement. He had urged the Apex court to issue a non-bailable warrant against Shahbudin and demanded his presence at the next hearing.