Prashant Bhushan, Dinesh Dwivedi get Shahabuddin’s bail cancelled

The Supreme Court today set aside the Patna High Court order granting bail to former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Member of Parliament Mohammad Shahabuddin. The latter is facing criminal charges in around 50 cases.

Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who had appeared for the petitioner whose three sons were killed most brutally, just before they were set to depose against Shahbuddin, on Thursday argued before the apex court that the man had become law unto himself and was walking in and out of jail at will.

Bhushan had earlier on Monday told the apex court that there were 45 cases against Shahabuddin, out of which nine are related to murder and ten are related to convictions.

The Bihar government, represented by Senior Advocate Dinesh Dwivedi, had supported his stance.

Senior Advocate Shekhar Naphade who had appeared for Shahbuddin argued that the copy of the chargesheet due to him had not yet been given to him, and the “administrative reasons” due to which he had been shifted to Bhagalpur from Siwan were delay tactics to deny him a fair trial.

The Bench however, found no merit in the contentions, and instead directed that the trial be conducted as expeditiously as possible.