Patna HC up­holds life term for Sha­habud­din in dou­ble mur­der case

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Amar­nath Te­wary

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.

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