Judiciary ‘cleaning up’ crime-riddled Bihar as many heavyweights get out of active politics
PATNA: The judiciary has begun SLOWLY “cleansing” the politics in Bihar with its ruling against the criminal-politicians, much to the happiness of the common men.
In the past few years, the court’s rulings have sealed the fate of as many as eight top leaders in the state, majority of them hailing from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which is led by Lalu Prasad. Bihar, many believe, has, of late, emerged as the happy “hunting ground” of the criminals making foray into politics.
The latest politician getting disqualified from contesting elections is Prabhunath Singh, former RJD parliamentarian and a close aide of Mr Prasad. Singh was awarded life imprisonment by a local court in Jharkhand yesterday in connection with a 22-year-old murder case.
He was convicted by the court for murdering a sitting legislator Ashok Singh within 90 days of getting elected to the Bihar assembly in July 1995.
Singh, a powerful politician of the north Bihar had been infamous as a muscle-flexing leader and had even scuffle with Sadhu Yadav, brother-in-law of RJD chief Prasad in the parliament before he eventually joined the RJD after rebelling against JD-U leader Nitish Kumar.
Singh who now has been sent behind the bars after being convicted in the murder case faces over a dozen criminal cases.
Likewise, another mighty RJD politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, also a former MP, too stands disqualified from contesting elections after being served life imprisonment in murder cases.
Shahabuddin who has been a known loyalist of the RJD president is currently lodged in high-security Delhi’s Tihar jail.
His shifting to Tihar from his hometown Siwan jail took place in February this year in view of order from the Supreme Court which described him as a “type ‘A’ history-sheeter, one who is beyond reform”.
Their mentor and RJD president Mr Prasad already has been banned from contesting elections after his conviction in the multi-million dollar fodder scam by a special CBI court in Jharkhand.
He has been awarded five-year jail term by the court for his crime. Earlier this month, the SC in a major setback to him said the RJD president would be facing separate trial in the remaining four fodder scam cases pending against him and also ordered the trial courts to conclude the trial within nine months.
Anand Mohan, two-time MP and mighty politician of eastern Bihar, is yet another politician whose fate remains sealed now.
Anand who is the founder of “Bihar People’s Party” has been sentenced to life term in connection with murder of Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah. He has been lodged in jail since the court delivered its judgment in 2007. Initially, he was given death sentence but it was ultimately commuted to life sentence.
Two other MPs from Bihar, Surajbhan Singh who represented Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Jagdish Sharma who represented Nitish Kumar’s JD-U in the Lok Sabha too have the curtains falling down on his active political career in their prime time for their criminal antecedents.
While Singh has been handed out life imprisonment, Sharma has been awarded five-year jail term in fodder scam.
Courtesy: The Statesman