Tahlka News Desk
New Delhi: Supreme Court has ordered on Wednesday that Bihar Political don Mohammad Shahabuddin be shifted from Siwan (Bihar) to Tihar Jail. Court also mentioned that no special treatment should be given to him. It also ordered to conduct the trial through video conferencing.
The SC pronounced its judgement on the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, seeking shifting of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from the Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi for a free and fair trial in the case relating to her husband's murder.
Asha Ranjan had earlier filed a plea stating that free and fair trial against Shahabuddin was not possible if he remain lodged in the Bihar jail as witnesses would not be able to depose against him with his goons threatening them. Shahabuddin is facing trial in 45 criminal cases.
42-year-old Ranjan, the bureau chief of The Hindustan, was shot dead in July last year at Phal Mandi near the Siwan Railway Station, barely half-a-kilometre from the police station.
The Bihar Government had recommended the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) to probe the case.
The case came into limelight again after a photograph appeared in the media showing murder suspects Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed with gangster-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin after his release from jail.
Kaif, however, later rubbished all accusations against him and said he has no involvement in Rajdeo's murder case.