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Supreme Court seeks Shahabuddin’s response on pleas against grant of bail

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin as to why his bail, granted by the Patna High Court, should not be cancelled.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2016 7:31 AM
Mohammad Shahabuddin. (PTI) Mohammad Shahabuddin. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin as to why his bail, granted by the Patna High Court, should not be cancelled.

A bench headed by Justice Amitava Roy asked Shahabuddin, against whom 58 criminal cases were pending in 2014, to respond to the two petitions – one filed by the Bihar government and another by Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad whose three sons were killed in two separate incidents.

The bench after almost an hour-long hearing said “we intend to give him a hearing also” and posted the matter for further hearing on Monday.

Shahabuddin was granted bail on September 7 in the 2014 murder case of Chandrakeshwar Prasad’s son Rajiv Roshan, who allegedly was the sole eye-witness to the gruesome killing of his two younger siblings who were killed in an acid attack in 2004. Rajiv was killed just days before he was set to depose against the RJD strongman.

The RJD leader has already been convicted and awarded life imprisonment in the twin murder case, while the trial for Roshan’s murder is yet to begin.

Shahabuddin was released from Bhagalpur jail on September 10. The criminal had been in jail for 11 years in connection with several other convictions.

The former MP’s release from Bhagalpur jail in Bihar on September 10 evoked widespread criticism in the state.

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