RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has backed the release of former Lok Sabha MP and party strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from jail.
The Nitish Kumar-run Bihar government had to face embarrassment over the release of state’s most feared criminal turned politician, Shahabuddin, also referred to as the “Bahubali” of Bihar.
According to Lalu Yadav, no one can question court’s judgement in this regard.
He was kept in jail for 11 years as per the law and he was released only after going through a legal framework, he said.
Soon after his release, Shahabuddin said that Nitish Kumar was the “CM of circumstances” and that his leader was Lalu Prasad, a statement that did not go down well with the JD(U) cadres.
On this, Prasad gave a clarification and said, “There was nothing wrong in what Shahabuddin said…he only said Lalu Prasad is his leader…but I’ll ask all alliance leaders not to make unnecessary statements…Nitish Kumar is the leader of the Grand Alliance.”
Prasad also said that all was fine in the Grand Alliance and blamed the media for creating differences.
Meanwhile, pictures have surfaced showing alleged shooter Mohammad Kaif with Bihar minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Shahabuddin. Kaif is wanted for the shooting of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. Ranjan’s wife Asha has now moved the Supreme Court, asking the probe and trial in her husband’s murder case be shifted from Bihar to Delhi.
“If the police is deliberately not arresting Kaif and the health minister is taking photographs with proclaimed offenders, the life of Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife and her two minor children is at stake,” her advocate Kishlay Panday was quoted as saying.
Tej Pratap, however, dismissed the controversy, saying, “I have nothing to do with the photograph. Thousands of people come and meet me. It is all a conspiracy of BJP and RSS.”
Shahabuddin is known to run a parallel administration in Siwan and even resolve family disputes. Shahabuddin has faced at least half a dozen cases of attempted murder, including firing on a police officer and preventing him from carrying out his duties.
The Bihar government is now preparing to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the bail granted to Shahabuddin by the Patna High Court.