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Supreme Court cancels Shahabuddin’s bail ‘immediately’

It took the Bihar government to task for displaying a lack of alertness when RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin was released on bail in a murder case
RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin

The Supreme Court on Friday told the Bihar government to put Mohammad Shahabuddin, the controversial leader of Lalu Prasad’s party RJD, back to jail, thus, cancelling the bail.

“Take him into custody immediately,” the court told.

Nearly a week after Shahabuddin was release on bail by Patna High Court, a Siwan businessman had filed a plea at Supreme Court, challenging the bail given to the gangster-turned-politician.

Businessman Chandrakeshwar Prasad, who filed the plea, alleged that his three sons were murdered by the convicted politician in 2004. Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan moved the top court on behalf of Chandrakeshwar Prasad.

On Monday, the Supreme Court, rejecting to stay the bail order, took the Bihar government to task for displaying a lack of alertness when RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin was released on bail in a murder case, even as it is now showing “extreme urgency” to get the bail order cancelled.

“Where were you before? Some urgency should have been shown by the state in the High Court too,” said a bench of Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy when the state’s counsel argued that the matter regarding the cancellation of Shahabuddin’s bail was extremely urgent and must be heard at once.

“We have gone into the facts of this case. We don’t want to stay the impugned order at this stage. We don’t want to pass any order right now. We will hear all parties and then decide,” said the court.

Prasant Bhushan  had pleaded that a reign of terror prevailed every day as long as Shahabuddin was out of jail.

Last year, a special court in Siwan district convicted Shahabuddin and awarded him life imprisonment in a 2004 case, in which he, along with his men, were charged with giving an acid bath to two brothers Girish Raj and Satish Raj and murdering them. Shahabuddin has been languishing in jail for several years in connection with many serious criminal cases.
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