Update: Mohd Shahabuddin surrenders before Siwan District Court. I don’t care about what people say, I respect the judiciary system: Mohd Shahabuddin Reports news agency ANI.
New Delhi: Mohammad Shahabuddin, a controversial politician of Lalu Yadav’s party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), will go back to jail in Bihar after the Supreme Court on Friday cancelled his bail.
“Take him into custody immediately,” the court told the Bihar government on Friday.
A man whose three sons were allegedly killed on Mr Shahabuddin’s orders had petitioned against his release on bail.
A former lawmaker, Mohammad Shahabuddin is accused in over 40 cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping. His lawyer had offered in court that his client could live outside Bihar while out on bail.
Mr Shahabuddin walked out of prison on September 7 after 11 years, staging a massive show of strength and also challenging Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was credited with ending what many describe as the gangster-turned-politician’s reign of terror a decade ago.
His release deepened the fault lines between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav, who came together last November to form a government after a history of enmity.
Mr Kumar was accused by the opposition of giving in to pressure from his coalition partner and facilitating Mr Shahabuddin’s bail by putting up a weak case in court.
Denying the allegation, the Bihar government petitioned the court to cancel the politician’s bail but was repeatedly rebuked by the top court, which questioned: “Were you in slumber till he got bail?”
After one such court admonition earlier this week, Mr Kumar said there is “no place for dons in Bihar and if any such person is seen roaming free, he would have to go to jail.”
Mr Shahabuddin got bail in a murder case because the trial had not begun. The case involves the murder of Rajiv Roshan, the oldest son of Chandrakeshwar Prashad, who petitioned against the politician’s bail.
Rajiv, a witness to the murder of his two brothers in 2004, was shot dead in 2014.
After his release, Mohammad Shahabuddin was spotted with wanted criminals in more embarrassment for the ruling coalition.