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Shahabuddin seeks HC nod to attend House

If Pappu can,so can I,says RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in an application filed in the Delhi High Court from the Siwan district jail...

Written by Krishnadas Rajagopal | New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2009 12:00 am

If Pappu can,so can I,says RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in an application filed in the Delhi High Court from the Siwan district jail where he is serving a life sentence for kidnapping with intention to murder.

The controversial politician has filed an urgent application,saying “it is necessary for the welfare of the general public and the people of Siwan constituency” that he “participates in the debates and discussions”. “Unless I participate,I cannot render or express my views. This session is the last before the general elections for the House of People,” Shahabuddin urges the court.

The Siwan MP claims he got an invitation letter on January 23,2009 from the Secretary-General of Lok Sabha at his New Delhi residence “requesting” him to attend the Lok Sabha sitting starting from February 12. “I have been given the provisional calendar and other connected parliamentary papers,” he says.

The MP admits he is inspired by the HC decision on February 10 to allow one of his party colleagues and MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav to sit in Parliament for the current session. Yadav is undergoing life imprisonment in Tihar since February 2005 for the murder of CPI(M) legislator Ajit Sarkar on June 14,1998.

Incidentally,Shahabuddin followed the identical line of reasoning as Yadav did a week back — “larger public interest” — to be present in Parliament.

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