SC notice to Lalu’s son, Shahabuddin for allegedly sheltering murder accused

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin as to why an FIR cannot be filed against them for allegedly sheltering an accused in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s murder.

Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan sought a response from Yadav — the son of Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad — on a petition by the journalist’s widow Asha Ranjan who sought a first information report against the two men.

On her plea for the transfer of the murder case trial from Bihar to Delhi, the bench issued notice to the Bihar government for its response.

Asha had said that if the investigation and trial in the case took place in Siwan district, the accused will terrorise the witnesses and she would not get justice.

The apex court also directed the Siwan Superintendent of Police to provide police protection to the petitioner and her family. By this, the court said: “A lady in distress shall feel protected.”

Petitioner Asha had said that two main culprits in her husband’s murder — Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed — were allegedly seen in the company of Tej Pratap and Shahabuddin.

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