AS RJD strongman Mohammed Shahabuddin walked out of jail, three days after Patna High Court granted him bail in the 2014 killing of double-murder witness Rajiv Roshan, opposition BJP in Bihar on Saturday reiterated its allegations that the Nitish Kumar government “helped” Shahabuddin get bail by not starting trial in the 2014 case.
Shahabuddin is named a conspirator in the case.
“The government paved the way for Shahabuddin’s bail very systematically. The government has to explain why it could not start trial in the Rajiv Roshan case even two years after his murder,” BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi today said.
Alluding that the Nitish Kumar administration did not do enough in the case so as not to upset the equation with alliance partner RJD, Modi said the Bihar chief minister’s “weakness” was “exposed” when he did not take any action against a state minister who had met Shahabuddin in Siwan jail recently.
Shahabuddin’s counsel Y V Giri agreed that the fact that the Rajiv Roshan murder case has not reached trial stage “did present a strong ground” for the defence team. “We successfully argued before court that there is no hint of the trial beginning, and that my client should be given bail since he has got bail in the remaining cases,” he said.
Asked why trial has not begun yet, Siwan’s Superintendent of Police Saurav Kumar Sah said the public prosecutor going on leave is “one possible reason”.
Rubbishing allegations that the state government is soft on the former RJD MP, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Sunday Express: “The BJP should know that Nitish Kumar will not tolerate any compromise and interference with the good governance agenda. Shahabuddin was in jail for 11 years as part of the judicial process, and he got bail through the same process. As for Shahabuddin’s comments on the CM (that Nitish is a “leader of circumstances”), the RJD leader should know that…Nitish Kumar is the CM not incidentally but on the power of his unquestionable credentials.”
Rajiv Roshan was killed in 2014, a few days before he was to depose in court in the murders of his brothers Satish and Girish. The two were killed in an acid attack in 2004; Rajiv was a witness to their murder.