SC directs to shift former RJD leader Shahabuddin to Tihar from Siwan jail
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 15-Feb-2017

New Delhi, February 15: The Supreme Court has on Tuesday orders the Bihar government to shift former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin from Siwan jail to Tihar Jail in Delhi in alleged murder cases.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy asked the Bihar government to transfer Shahabuddin within a week, saying it is the obligation and duty of the court to ensure free and fair trial. The apex court also said, the trial in the cases registered against Shahabuddin will be conducted through video conferencing from Tihar Jail.

The order came on the pleas of Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were killed in two separate incidents, and the wife of a journalist, Rajdeo Ranjan who was murdered in Siwan. The pleas had sought shifting of the RJD leader from Siwan jail.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who filed the pleas for the pettioners, said, Shahabuddin violated the Jail norms in Siwan. There are 58 criminal cases pending against Shahabuddin and out of them he has been convicted in eight cases," Bhushan said earlier. Shahabuddin is a criminal turned politician and due to his release a lot of criticism is faced by the government.