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Bihar govt to approach SC for cancellation of Shahabuddin bail


Patna/Siwan: Facing flak over controversial RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin‘s release from jail, the Bihar government is preparing to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the bail granted to him by the Patna High Court.

“This has been an established process followed by Nitish Kumar government in the past 11 years that if the state is not satisfied with the bail of somebody, it goes in appeal in higher court,” JD(U) spokesperson Ajay Alok said.

“It has been done in the past and would be followed in the present case of Shahabuddin too,” he said.

In such cases the concerned district administration makes a proposal if any condition of the bail has been violated and an appeal is moved for cancellation of bail, the spoksperson said.

With BJP questioning the delay in appeal for cancellation of bail of the former RJD MP, the JD(U) spokesperson said courts were closed on account of festival.

Meanwhile, Siwan Superintendent of Police Saurav KumarSah said the district police was scrutinising if any condition of the bail has been violated in the case of Shahabuddin.

“If any evidence comes to the surface indicating violation of condition of bail we will move for cancellation of bail in the case,” the SP said.

Sah had yesterday said that police have taken cognisance of the photograph of the absconding suspects in the killing of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed, with Shahabuddin after his release from Bhagalpur jail on Saturday.

A notice would be sent to Shahabuddin in this connection and police would also question him on it, he said.

Media reports said the chief minister recently held a long meeting with Advocate General Ram Balak Mahto and Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore over the Shahabuddin release issue.

Shahabuddin was in jail for 11 years in connection with dozens of cases against him and was granted bail on September 7.