Supreme Court Cancels Shahabuddin’s Bail

Shahabuddin. Credit: PTI

Shahabuddin. Credit: PTI

The Supreme Court today set aside the Patna high court order granting bail to controversial RJD leader Shahabuddin in a murder case.

The apex court ordered that either the gangster-turned-politician should surrender or Bihar police should take him into custody.

A bench comprising Justices P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy directed the state government and the lower court to ensure that the trial in the Rajiv Roshan murder case is concluded “expeditiously as contemplated under the law”.

Meanwhile, the court issued notice to Shahabuddin and the Bihar government on another plea seeking cancellation of his bail in the case of the murder of Roshan’s brothers.

Shahabuddin has been awarded life imprisonment in the twin murder case and the Patna high court had granted him bail in this matter as well.

The apex court, which yesterday reserved its verdict on two appeals challenging his bail, had rebuked the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, which has RJD as its coalition partner, for its lax approach in opposing the bail granted to the RJD strongman in various cases at different judicial forums including the high court.