Patna HC upholds life term for Shahabuddin in double murder case
The Patna High Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court order of life sentence to former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP and Siwan strongman Mohd. Shahabuddin along with three others in a double murder case.
Shahabuddin and the others had challenged their conviction. The former MP is currently lodged in the high-security Tihar jail of New Delhi.
“This court finds no merit to interfere with the judgment of conviction and order of sentence passed by the trial court,” the Division Bench of Justices K.K. Mandal and Sanjay Kumar of the Patna HC said while pronouncing the verdict.
The court had completed hearing in the case on June 30 but had reserved the order.
Shahabuddin’s lawyer told journalists that they would now move the Supreme Court for relief.
Hearing the case of abduction and double murder of Satish Raj and Girish Raj, both young sons of a prominent businessman of Siwan, Chandrakeshwar Prasad alias Chanda Babu, the special court in Siwan on December 11, 2015 sentenced Shahabuddin and Munna Mian, Sheikh Aslam and Rajkumar Sah.
The special court of additional district judge Ajay Kumar Shrivastva found all the accused persons guilty under sections 302 (murder), 364A (kidnapping for ransom, etc.), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.