New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over alleged politician-criminal nexus in Bihar and sought response from Nitish Kumar government in the Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case.
The apex court was hearing a plea of slain scribe’s wife’s to transfer the case to Delhi, citing the fact that she will not get a fair trial in Bihar.
The court issued notice to Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap who is the health minister of Bihar for allegedly protecting people who killed the journalist in Siwan.
The apex court also issued notice to Shahabuddin whose alleged sharpshooter had killed the journalist.
A picture of Tej Pratap with one of the accused wanted in the Rajdeo Ranjan murder case had went viral, prompting the opposition in Bihar to sharpen its attack on the ruling grand alliance.
The accused, Mohammad Kaif alias Bunty, is an associate of Shahabuddin and was seen in another set of pictures standing next to the murder convict when he was released from the Bhagalpur jail.
Kaif’s pictures with Tej Pratap, who is a minister in the Nitish government, went viral a day after Siwan SP Saurabh Sah said that several locations of the absconder were raided after he was spotted with Shahabuddin.
The Supreme Court also hinted that it may monitor the ongoing CBI probe in the case and directed the agency to file a status report by October 17.
The court directed the Superintendent of Police of Siwan to provide protection to wife of the slain journalist who filed FIR against Shahabuddin and his henchmen.