The Supreme Court today directed that former RJD leader, Mohammad Shahabuddin be shifted to Tihar Jail in New Delhi from a prison in Bihar to ensure free and fair trial in the cases lodged against him.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy asked the Bihar government to transfer Shahabuddin to Tihar Jail within a week, saying it is the obligation and duty of this court to ensure free and fair trial.
The apex court also said that trial in the cases registered against Shahabuddin will be conducted through video conferencing from Tihar Jail. The order came on the pleas by Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were killed in two separate incidents, and Asha Ranjan, wife of journalist, Rajdeo Ranjan who was murdered in Siwan, seeking shifting of the RJD leader from Siwan jail.
The Bihar government had earlier told the apex court that it is not averse to shifting Shahabuddin from Siwan prison to Tihar Jail.