Today, Supreme Court intended that contentious RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin be moved to Tihar jail here from a prison in Bihar to make certain ‘ free and fair trail’ in the cases stiffed adjacent to him. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy inquired that Bihar government to shift Shahabuddin to Tihar jail within a week, alleging that’ it is the obligation and duty of this court to ensure free and trial’.
Shahabuddin, who is a two-time MLA and four times member of parliament from Siwan electorate had been in jail since 2005 November later than he was in detention from his official MPs residence in Delhi by a combined team of Bihar and Delhi police in linking with numerous cases. He has come out of jail subsequent to all cases as he was granted bail. He again sent to jail after the Supreme Court canceled his bail and he has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in two cases by trial courts.
Wife of a senior journalist who has fired open allegedly at the behest of Shahabuddin also alleged the court in October 2016 that she and her children were living in the shadow of death and uttered uneasiness of being attacked for tracking the case against the politician. The court subsequent to hearing the plea of victim’s family alleged that this matter needed to be scrutinized and directed Shahabuddin to file his rejoinder in upcoming weeks. Bihar government also did not combat the request at that time regarding the shifting of the accused and alleged that it was for the court to obtain a call on the issue as the accused was under judicial supervision.
On 15th February 2017 i.e. Wednesday the apex court has alleged that examination in the cases registered against Shahabuddin will be performed through video from Tihar jail, as the Supreme Court has directed the accused to be shifted to Tihar jail from prison in Bihar. The bench alleged that’ we direct the state of Bihar to relocate Mohammad Shahabuddin from district jail Siwan to Tihar jail Delhi’.
The petitioner informed the apex court that Shahabuddin should be shifted from Siwan jail to any other jail outside the state for free trial in the cases that were pending against him. The Bihar government had previously told the court that it is not reluctant of shifting Shahabuddin from Siwan to Tihar jail and on this; the state government told apex court that Shahabuddin is in front of trial in 45 cases comprising the Jharkhand.