A petition in the Supreme Court today challenged the release of gangster-turned politician Shahabuddin on bail from Bhagalpur jail last week. The petition was filed by Chandrakeshwar Prasad today, who lost three sons allegedly murdered by the former RJD MP.
Acting on his behalf, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan told the apex court that the release of Shahabuddin was a mistake by the Patna High Court.
Fighting to get justice for Chandrakeshwar, Bhushan also told the Supreme Court that a free and fair trial is not possible till Shahabuddin is out in open. "Witnesses won't depose against Shahabuddin out of fear," he said.
Another advocate from Bhushan’s office, Rohit Singh, yesterday said, “We will be challenging how bail has been given to a person who is a history sheeter. Facts are being verified about the number of cases, etc., and convictions that have taken place against him.”
Shahabuddin was granted bail in the 2014 murder case of Rajiv Roshan, son of Chandrakeshwar Prasad.
Roshan was a witness to the murder of his brothers Gitish and Satish, who were drenched with acid in 2004. The trial for Roshan’s murder is yet to start.
The history sheeter was in jail for 11 years in connection with dozens of cases against him.