NEW DELHI/PATNA: The Supreme Court in a significant judgment today ordered jailed RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin to be shifted to the high-security Tihar jail in Delhi.
Shahabuddin who faces over 50 criminal cases pending against him is currently lodged in his home town Siwan jail of Bihar.
The Apex court pronounced its judgment on a plea filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of slain Hindi journalist Rajdeo Ranjan who was shot dead by hired goons in May last year.
Rajdeo’s widow had sought for transfer of Shahabuddin to Tihar jail for a fair trial in the case.
In December last, slain journalist’s widow received murder threats on her phone twice after which she registered a case with the local police.
According to her, the caller asked her to immediately withdraw her case against Shahabuddin failing which she too would be eliminated.
“There has been too much of drama (over the murder). Now just withdraw the case from Supreme Court lest you will be chopped into pieces,” the victim said in her complaint petition.
As per reports, the calls were reportedly made from Dubai.
The incident came shortly before the SC was to hear her petition seeking shifting of Shahabuddin to Delhi’s Tihar jail from Siwan jail so that the witnesses in her husband murder case are not influenced.
This murder case is currently being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the probe is learnt to have reached the final stage.
Ranjan, a journalist with the Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead from a close range by shooters in May last year while returning home from office in the evening.
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