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Life behind bars: How sins of the past continue to torment RJD don Shahabuddin

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PATNA HIGH COURT UPHOLDS LIFE SENTENCE GIVEN TO HIM IN ACID BATH CASE

PATNA: In another setback to RJD politician Mohamamd Shahabuddin, the Patna High Court today upheld the life sentence awarded to him two years back by a local Siwan district court in connection with 2004 murder case.

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A bench of the Patna High Court comprising justice KK Mandal and S Kumar upheld the December 2015 lower court order, thus refusing to grant him any reprieve. Shahabuddin is currently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail.

According to police records, three brothers of a Siwan-based businessman Chandra Keshwar Prasad were kidnapped from their home by the associates of Shahabuddin and then taken to Pratappur village where two killed in cold blood by giving them an acid bath. The incident had taken place in August 2004.

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The third brother somehow managed to escape and became a witness in the case. He was the lone witness but he too was murdered by unidentified criminals in June 2014.

This is the second biggest jolt to Shahabuddin in the past one week. Earlier on August 22, the CBI had filed a charge-sheet against Shahabuddin in the murder case of Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan who was killed May last year.

Shahabuddin has over 40 criminal cases pending against him, such as murder, kidnapping, theft, violation of Foreign Exchange Act and treason.

He has already been sentenced to life term in connection with kidnapping-cum-murder of a Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) leader, 10-year imprisonment for possessing illegal arms and ammunition, as well as three year’s rigorous imprisonment in a case of vehicle theft.

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