PATNA: The CBI today began investigation into the killing of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan by formally registering a case in this regard. Ranjan, a senior journalist working for a leading vernacular daily was shot dead by some motorcycle-borne criminals in May this year.
The local media today reported a 10-member CBI team headed by a deputy SP-rank official has reached Siwan to begin investigation. Victim family alleges Ranjan was eliminated at the behest of RJD politician Mohammad Shahabuddin.
Yesterday, the CBI had registered a case (362/16) under sections 302, 120-B, 3 of the IPC and section 27 of the Arms Act against unidentified persons.
“I thank the central government for ordering a CBI probe into my husband murder case. However, the CBI team has not contacted us so far,” Ranjan’s widow Asha Ranjan told the media today.
Earlier in the day, a petition challenging the bail granted to Shahabuddin was filed in the Supreme Court.
The petition was filed by one Chandrakeshwar Prasad through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
Prasad had his three sons killed by the criminals and he alleges Shahabuddin was involved in their murder.
Shahabuddin walked out of jail last week after the bail was granted by the Patna High Court. He was released on bail after 11 years of incarceration.
The entire opposition in Bihar has taken to streets since Shahabuddin was granted bail by the court and has accused the state government of clandestinely helping the RJD strongman secure his release.
A delegation of the NDA recently met Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, seeking cancellation of his bail and imposition of Crime Control Act (CCA) on Shahabuddin.
Today again the NDA observed “Dhikkar Diwas” across the state to protest his bail. In the past two days, they had also staged sit-ins with the same demand.
Victims’ families too are protesting and have sought jailing of Shahabuddin, apprehending threats to their live and witnesses.
Amid the increasing demand of his arrest, the state government too is now said to be mulling to challenge Shahabuddin’s bail in the Supreme Court.