A Siwan court judge, who had handed over life sentence to former MP Mohammed Shahabuddin in a murder case, has been transferred to Patna. Patna High Court sources, however, called it a “routine transfer”.
As per a high court notification, Siwan Special Court’s Additional Chief District Judge, Ajay Kumar Srivastava, was transferred along with about half a dozen judges posted in several districts on September 9, two days after Shahabuddin was given bail by the High Court in the 2014 Rajiv Roshan murder case. Shahabuddin has been named as a conspirator in the case. In December 2015, Srivastava had pronounced the verdict in the 2004 twin murder case in which brothers of Rajiv were killed.
High Court sources said a district judge, who has three years term, can be shifted any time after completion of two years of his tenure. “It is just a coincidence that the Siwan judge’s transfer coincided with bail for Shahabuddin,” said a source.