Mohammad-ShahabuddinRJD leader Shahabuddin serving a sentence in prison has been nominated to party’s National Executive.

RJD’s decision to include the convict in the core team came after a party meet on Sunday. Senior leaders justify move.

Lodged in Siwan jail since 2005 in several cases of murder and kidnapping, Shahabuddin has been convicted by Siwan court in eight cases and was sentenced to life in two.

Recently, Bihar Minister Abdul Gafoor’s visit to Siwan jail to meet imprisoned RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin rocked the state Assembly on Wednesday, with opposition BJP demanding his resignation.

Gafoor, the Minority Affairs Minister, however, refused to quit saying he did not commit any crime by meeting a former party MP in jail and he would go and meet Shahabuddin again if he got a chance.

As the House sat for the day, BJP members, supported by NDA allies RLSP, LJP and Hindustani Awam Morcha, demanded that the House take up the issue first before everything else.