‘We all know I was framed’: RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin walks out of jail after 11 years

Patna: RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin was released from jail after 11 years in the Rajiv Raushan murder case. Speaking to the press, Shahabuddin told ANI: “We all know I was framed. But it was the court who jailed me, and the court has released me. This has got nothing to do with politics, judicial has its own procedures. Why would I try to change my image? People have accepted me the way I am for 26 years.”

Earlier, BJP alleged that the Bihar government in a systematic manner paved the way for the release of RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from jail. “The state government in a systematic manner paved the way for release of Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is part of the RJD top policy-making body, from jail,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said in a statement here.

The Patna High Court had granted bail to the controversial RJD leader in a case of murder of a witness in the killing of two brothers in Siwan by bathing them in acid.

The bail means Shahabuddin came out of jail after a gap of 11 years. He has acquired bail in other cases against him too.

“When the court had on February 2016 ordered to complete trial in the murder case of Rajiv Roshan, the state government as part of thoughful planning did not allow trial to take place so as to pave the way for him to get bail,” Sushil alleged.

“Will Shahabuddin, a symbol of ‘jungle raj’ of the past, share dias with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad?” he asked.

“Unlike in cases related to prohibition in which the state government hired senior lawyers of Supreme Court, in case related to Shahabuddin why the matter was entrusted to a junior legal officer and not Advocate General or Additional Advocate General?” he asked.

Sushil Modi, who is leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council, sought to know “if the state government planned to impose Crime Control Act (CCA) on Shahabuddin like the one done on expelled JD(U) MLA Anant Singh”.

“The way Shahabuddin sustained his reign of terror in Siwan despite being behind the bars, the very news of his coming out of jail is instilling fear among citizens,” he said.

With inputs from agencies