SC agrees to hear plea seeking to shift Shahabuddin to Delhi’s Tihar jail

The Supreme Court observes that Shahabuddin’s case is a test case for criminal jurisprudence on the concepts of fair trial and witness protection


File photo. CBI has agreed to shift Mohammed Shahabuddin (right) to Tihar and conduct a trial in the journalist murder case. Photo: PTI
File photo. CBI has agreed to shift Mohammed Shahabuddin (right) to Tihar and conduct a trial in the journalist murder case. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking to shift Rahstriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammed Shahabuddin to Tihar jail in Delhi.

A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra was hearing a plea in which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other petitioners have sought transferring Shahabuddin out of Bihar.

“Shahabuddin’s case is a test case for criminal jurisprudence on the concepts of fair trial and witness protection,” the court observed.

Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were allegedly murdered by Shahabuddin, and Asha Ranjan, whose journalist husband was allegedly murdered by associates of Shahabuddin, had moved the court.

CBI has agreed to shift Shahabuddin to Tihar and conduct a trial in the journalist murder case.

The apex court on 30 September cancelled bail granted to Shahabuddin by the Patna high court. The high court granted bail to Shahabuddin on 7 September in a case of murder of a witness in the 2004 killing of two brothers in Siwan. He got bail in nearly 12 other cases earlier.

The Bihar government is investigating at least 45 other cases against the former parliamentarian in the state.

The case will be heard next on 29 November.

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