Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, Shahabuddin was taken into CBI custody on Monday in connection with the murder of Bihar-based journalist Rajdev Ranjan. He was taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning. On Friday, a special CBI court in Muzaffarpur allowed the investigation agency to take custody of the former MP for eight days. Shahabuddin was informed that he was being made an accused for allegedly conspiring to murder the journalist. In May 2016, Ranjan, who was the bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead by bike-borne assailants.
In 2016, Ranjan’s wife Asha Ranjan moved the Supreme Court demanding the CBI to take over the probe in the murder case. She also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in connection with the case. Earlier, Shahabuddin was briefly released on bail in connection with another case. He was, however, sent back to prison after the Bihar government challenged it. Shahabuddin courted controversy soon after his release when he said that Nitish Kumar was a “chief minister of circumstances”. He was spotted with wanted shooter Mohammed Kaif during a public event. Kaif allegedly murdered Ranjan at the behest of the RJD leader.
More details awaited.