Shahabuddin bail issue: SC comes down heavily on Bihar government, asks, ‘Were you sleeping till he got bail?’

By: | Updated: September 28, 2016 4:05 PM

The apex court, pulling up the Bihar government, asked why it didn't show equal urgency when the don-turned-political was being released from jail.

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The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on  the plea to cancel the bail of Siwan strongman and RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin for one more day.  The top court also rebuked the Bihar Government while hearing. The court asked, “Were you in slumber till he got bail?” Earlier, the top court had on Monday adjourned the hearing for two days after Shahabuddin’s lawyer asked for some more time to reply. The apex court, pulling up the Bihar government, had asked why it didn’t show equal urgency when the don-turned-political was being released from jail. Prashant Bhushan, while representing the parents of three men allegedly killed by Shahabuddin, told the top court that accused was a threat to society while out on bail. Meanwhile, the state government has tightened the security outside the residence of Chandrakeshwar Prasad, the petitioner in the case. ANI reported the deployment of additional cops at Prasad’s residence.

Shahabuddin was granted bail by the Patna Court High Court earlier this month in a murder case. CM Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government has been accused by the opposition of presenting a weak challenge to bail in the High Court. Mr Shahabuddin, a former lawmaker, is a prominent member of Lalu Yadav’s RJD, a partner in the ruling coalition. The Siwan strongman was released on bail on September 10. The former lawmaker was greeted by hundreds of supporters, he drove to his hometown in Siwan in a 350-car cavalcade. Following a criticism by opposition, Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government moved the Supreme Court six days later against his bail.

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