SC decision on Shahabuddin’s bail on Friday

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court will pronounce on Friday its order on the Bihar government’s plea challenging the bail granted to RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin in the Rajiv Roshan murder case.
The September 7 order of the Patna High Court granting bail to Shahabuddin was initially challenged by one Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons — third one being Rajiv Roshan — were killed allegedly by Shahabuddin’s henchmen.
The bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy gave the ruling at the conclusion of arguments.
Shahabuddin’s counsel Shekhar Naphade told the court that although cognizance of the case was taken on February 25, 2015, he had not been served the charge-sheet to date, despite its being a mandatory requirement under criminal law.
Naphade on Thursday told the court that it was the Bihar government that was delaying the trial, and the shifting of Shahabuddin from Siwan to Bhagalpur Central Jail on May 18, 2016, was also a ploy to that end.

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