Patna, May 26: The CBI today named former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin as an accused in the journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case. As per the CBI Special court's order, Shahabuddin was produced in the Muzaffarpur court before Special Judge Anupam Kumari through video-conferencing facility.
The CBI counsel submitted that it would soon file charge-sheet against Shahabuddin, who is currently lodged in high-security Tihar jail in the national capital. Shahabuddin is the 10th accused in the murder case.
CBI lawyer Sharad Sinha told the media here that the agency, which probed the case, will file a charge sheet against the jailed politician in the case. He said Shahabuddin was linked to the special CBI court in Muzaffarpur district through video conferencing. The court has fixed June 9 for the next hearing.
Ranjan was shot dead on May 13, 2016, in a busy market area near Station Road in Siwan district of Bihar. He was the Siwan Bureau Chief of a Hindi daily. His widow Asha Ranjan has repeatedly alleged that Shahabuddin was behind the murder as the latter's close associate Laddan Miya is the prime accused in the case.
Meanwhile, Shahabuddin has represented Siwan four times in the Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009 as a member of Parliament of the Rashtriya Janata Dal led by former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad.