The judge who had sentenced former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin to life imprisonment has been transferred from Siwan after the Patna High Court granted bail to him.
Shahabuddin, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, was granted bail on September 7. Just two days later, on September 9, additional district and sessions judge (ADJ) Ajay Kumar Shrivastava, sought his transfer from the High Court through a letter.
According to sources, Srivastava felt unsafe with Shahabuddin out of jail and therefore, sought the transfer. It was Srivastava who had headed the court in the trail case against Shahabuddin.
Last year, on December 11, Shahabuddin was sentenced to life imprisonment by the special court after his arrest in 2005 for the murder of Satish Raj and Girish Raj in 2004.
Rajeev Raushan, who was an eyewitness to the murder and a brother to the two victims, was also killed on June 16, 2014, only three days before he was to testify in court.The Patna HC had granted the bail in Raushan’s murder.
Given Shrivastava’s trepidation, a JD(U) spokesperson Ajay Alok had claimed that security will be granted to him.
“A sense of fear has gripped residents of Siwan ever since Shahabuddin reached home,” Alok said.
Siwan SP Saurabh Kumar Sah claims that over 20 people have been granted security following Shahabuddin’s release including the brothers’ parents, and the family members of one journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, whom Shahabuddin is suspected to have murdered.