Lalu Yadav my leader forever: Former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin after release from jail

Former RJD strongman Mohammed Shahabuddin was released from Bhagalpur jail on Saturday morning after 11 years as Patna High Court granted him bail in the Rajiv Raushan murder case.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2016 3:37 pm
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Former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, after being released from jail earlier on Saturday, praised Lalu Prasad Yadav effusively. He said Lalu was his leader “forever” while Bihar Chief Minister and JDU chief Nitish Kumar was a ‘leader of circumstances.’

“Nitish Kumar is a leader of circumstances but Lalu Yadav is my leader forever,” he said.

It’s ironical. When Shahabuddin went to jail in 2005, Nitish and Lalu were on opposite ends of the political spectrum in Bihar. They could not see eye to eye. But today, they share an alliance in Bihar after coming together last year in a bid to vanquish the BJP.

Read | Former RJD strongman Mohammed Shahabuddin released on bail after 11 years

Shahabuddin was released from Bhagalpur jail after 11 years as Patna High Court granted him bail in the Rajiv Raushan murder case. Rajiv was the prime witness in the case of brutal murder of his two brothers in Shahabuddin’s native village in Siwan district on August 16, 2004.

Shahabuddin, who is a member of RJD National Committee – the top decision making body of the party- and is known to be close to the RJD chief, said categorically that he never enjoyed good relations with Kumar.

Various pending cases against Shahabuddin were reopened and he was sent to jail after Kumar had assumed power in 2005.

He also said that he had people’s support with him. “I do not need to change my image, I got people’s support because of what I did in 26 years,” he said.

Shahabuddin’s supporters, including over a dozen ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal legislators and former ministers, have planned a grand welcome on his release. On release, Shahabuddin told reporters that, “We all know I was framed. But it was Court who jailed me, Court has released me,” reported news agency ANI.

BJP alleged that the Bihar government in a systematic manner paved the way for the release of RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from jail. But Shahabuddin denied any kind of political involvement in his bail.

“This has got nothing to do with politics, judicial has its own procedures,” said Mohammad Shahabuddin

Shahabuddin’s wife Hina Sahab had told reporters in Siwan Thursday that she had been waiting for his release since 2003 and had full faith in God that he will be released soon.

(with inputs from Santosh Singh)

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  1. A
    Sep 10, 2016 at 11:15 am
    bihar and up has become muslimsthan and hindu are divided cast system.
    1. D
      Dev Verma
      Sep 10, 2016 at 11:29 am
      In india jiski lathi uski bensh! Indian justice system stinks.
      1. Manish Mani
        Sep 10, 2016 at 11:03 am
        Our courts letting out high profile criminals in want of evidence... Height of Apathy.
        1. N
          Sep 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm
          People of Bihar turned the clock back by 12 years when the elected Lalu's RJD back to power. These things are bound to happen. Nitish Kumar has a millstone round his neck, but he himself is to be blamed. His envy of Modi got better of him and he parted ways with NDA. He could have become PM himself in future, had he practiced some patience. He had a stature par with Modi. Now this.
          1. M
            Sep 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm
            Now Laloo is in true colors when has imposed JUNGLE RAJ by openly criticizing Nitish Kumar through their stooges. This indicates Nitish's total down fall in Bihar politics. Tejaswi is giving certificate to Nitish for PM ministerial candidate and is indicating to vacate CM post on which Laloo eyeing to capture it for his son. The people of Bihar is solely responsible for electing such corrupt and non-performing parties resulted in recurrent drought and flooding all over state since last 25 years and life of people has become very miserable which is creation of own ber by people of Bihar. The situation will remain extremely grave till people removes this corrupt govt which has failed on all fronts and there is no hope of any improvement in future.
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