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Not averse of shifting Shahabuddin to Tihar jail: Bihar govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today told the Supreme that it is not "averse" to shifting of controversial RJD leader Mohammad from Siwan jail to Tihar prison here.

The state government, in which RJD is a coalition partner, concurred with stand of which has already agreed to suggestion of the apex that alleged history sheeter be shifted to as his continous presence in may adversely impact the trials in various pending criminal cases against him.


The told the bench comprising justices and Amitava Roy that has been facing trial in 45 cases including one in Jharkhand.

"We are not averse to shifting of the accused (Shahabuddin) to Tihar jail but the should also decide the mode of trial of pending cases against him," the counsel representing the said.

During the hearing, the bench said, "You (the government) file the list of all the cases against him including in which he has been convicted or acquitted".

The counsel said that the list has already been filed and is on the apex records.

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave appearing for Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons have been killed in two separate incidents, said that all these incidents have taken place when was in Siwan jail.

He also informed the bench that had alleged that lack of means while seeking legal aid counsel to defend him in various cases. The plea was allowed by the trial

Dave further said that interestingly, the state challenged the order in the Patna High which in turn stayed the trial order leading to stalling of proceedings in all criminal cases against

"Since the legal aid counsel was looking all his 45 cases, the trial eventually got stayed after the Patna High order," Dave said.

Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Shahabuddin, said that he is in jail for past 11 years, how can he hire a private lawyer to defend himself.

The hearing, however, remained inconclusive and will continue tomorrow.

The apex had yesterday mulled shifting the RJD leader from Siwan jail in to Tihar Central Jail in the national capital, saying it is test case for the "concept of fair trial and witness protection".
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The bench had yesterday asked the lawyers appearing for different parties to come prepared on the point of transfer of cases and to from Siwan.

had filed status report in the murder case of scribe Rajdeo Ranjan and had that it will welcome if the cases are transfered to

On October 17, the apex had granted three months time to to conclude probe in the sensational scribe murder case, and directed that six accused, including Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed who were seen alongside the RJD leaders, cannot seek statutory bail on the ground of non-filing of charge sheet in the matter.

Ranjan, 42, a senior journalist working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of July 22 in Siwan town.

The apex court, on September 23, had directed to proceed with its probe into the murder of the journalist and asked Police to provide protection to the family members of the slain scribe.

It had also issued notices to Shahabuddin, Tej Pratap Yadav and the on a petition by Ranjan's wife who also sought transfer of the case from Siwan to

The RJD chief's son was seen in a photograph published in newspapers with one of the two sharp shooters of alleged gangster

Asha, the wife of the deceased scribe, had moved the Supreme seeking transfer of the probe and trial in the case to alleging that media photos had shown two absconding killers of her husband in the company of and Tej Pratap Yadav.

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