After eleven years of imprisonment, mafia don and four-term former MP of Lalu Prasad’s RJD Md Shahabuddin was released from Bhagalpur jail on September 10.
Shahabuddin, a name synonymous with terror, is the undisputed don of Siwan region. Before jail, he also ran a personal court where the people would come with their grievances and he would redress them.
Facing flak over his release, now the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar may put RJD “bahubali” back in jail by exercising Crime Control Act (CCA).
Earlier, Shahabuddin declared that circumstances had made Nitish chief minister and that Lalu Prasad was his real leader. The don’s remarks forced RJD to issue a press note party national vice-president Illiyas Hussain stating that Nitish was not a CM of circumstance.
Shahabuddin had also said that Nitish can’t win even 20 seats on his own. These have irked the Chief Minister and the JD-U party ranks.
Even the BJP had demanded Shahabuddin be put behind the bar again. “We have sought the Governor’s direction to the state government for invoking the CCA against the dreaded RJD strongman to put him behind the bars again as an atmosphere of fear has gripped Bihar, particularly Siwan district,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said after meeting the Governor.
Modi also lashed out at the state government for ‘stage managing’ the release of Shahabuddin alleging the Nitish government of deliberately delaying trial in one of the cases against him.
The Bihar chief minister also held a meeting with his ministers on September 12 and also sought legal consultations from lawyers.
The JDU has also reminded the Siwan don that the law would take its course.
“Everyone knows what he is. After spending 11 years in jail, he is giving sermons now. Our government will not tolerate people with criminal antecedents.”
Asked why the government did not challenge Shahabuddin’s bail, Neeraj Kumar, the JDU spokesperson and an MLC, said: “Everything will happen in an appropriate time.”
The Patna High Court on September 7 granted bail to controversial RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin in a case of murder of a witness in the killing of two brothers in Siwan by bathing them in acid.