A Jamshedpur court has issued summons to RJD leader from Siwan Mohammad Shahabuddin, asking him to be present on September 20 in connection with a triple murder case of 1989. Shahabuddin, accused in over 30 criminal cases, was released from Bhagalpur jail on bail on September 10.
The Jamshedpur case pertains to the murders of Anand Rao, Janardan Choubey and Pradeep Mishra on February 2, 1989, near Tata Steel Power house in Jugasalai police station area. At least eight persons were accused in the case. While three of them died during trial, four were acquitted in 2006. Shahabuddin’s trial was conducted separately as he could not be produced before the court despite repeated summons over the years.
Talking to The Indian Express over phone, Shahabuddin’s counsel, senior advocate Kewal Krishan, said: “The order for producing him before the court on September 20 was issued quite some time ago. It has to be seen whether it will be possible for him to be present before the court. He has been released on bail, but there are talks of the government proceeding against him.”
Krishan added that Shahabuddin would most likely be asked to record his statement under Section 313 (giving chance to the accused to put forward his statement) of the Criminal Procedure Code. “In terms of proceedings, there is not much left in the case. All the accused, who are alive, have been acquitted for want of evidence. The court would like to record Shahabuddin’s statement under Section 313. If not on this date, he might be available on a later date,” he said.