Former RJD parliamentarian Mohammad Shahabuddin was released after 11 years from Bhagalpur jail on Saturday morning after the 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.
In the meantime, the news of Shahabuddin’s release from jail was celebrated in Shahabuddin’s native village Pratappur in Siwan as relatives distributed sweets and supporters burst fire crackers announcing a grand welcome with a music band for him.
Shahabuddin’s wife Hina Sahab told ANI that she was happy he was released after 11 years on bail and will be celebrating the same. Hina Sahab had told reporters in Siwan on Thursday that she had been waiting for his release since 2003 and had full faith in God that he will be released soon.
Meanwhile, Shahabuddin’s father said that the whole family and neighbours were happy that he has been released.
Rajiv Roshan was killed in 2014, a few days before he was set to depose in court in the murder case of his brothers, Satish and Girish. The duo were killed in an acid attack in 2004, and Rajiv Roshan was a witness.
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.
(With input from agencies)