From a couple of days, the name of Shahabuddin is in the news and the heat can be felt in Bihar Politics over his name. Former RJD lawmaker Mohammad Shahabuddin was granted bail by Bihar High Court and was released from jail last weekend. However, facing the criticism over Shahabuddin’s bail, now the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar will move the Supreme Court against the bail.
Top Sourced from ruling JDU-RJD government has informed about this and they said there was no question of “any compromise” in cases against Mr Shahabuddin, a gangster-turned-politician from the party of Lalu Yadav. Lalu Yadav is Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s partner in Bihar’s ruling coalition.
The sources also said that the state government would also ensure there are no lapses as it prepares strong cases against Shahabuddin in cases yet to go to trial.
Shahabuddin’s Criminal record
Talking about Shahabuddin’s criminal record, he has more than 40 criminal cases against him, including charges of murder, extortion and kidnapping. He is serving two life sentences in murder cases and was granted bail earlier this month by the Bihar High Court after 11 years in jail.
Would Shahabuddins’s return can cause to split between JDU and RJD?
Mr Shahabuddin attacked Nitish Kumar as he left jail, making it clear that the new equation between his party chief Lalu Yadav and the chief minister, once bitter rivals, will not ameliorate the grudge he bears. Mohammad Shahabuddin called Nitish a “circumstantial leader” made chief minister by a coalition agreement, that laid bare the displeasure of many in Lalu Yadav’s party at being led by Nitish Kumar despite winning more seats in the assembly elections.
The opposition BJP has called his release the “return of jungle raj to Bihar,” and has petitioned the state’s governor against it. It has also accused Nitish Kumar, credited with ending Mr Shahabuddin’s reign of terror by relentlessly pursuing cases against him for years, of now succumbing to the pressure of coalition politics.