Former RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin released from jail after 11 years

RJD's former parliament member Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is connected with the Rajiv Raushan murder case, has been released from jail after 11 years.

FP Staff September 10, 2016 09:23:21 IST
Former RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin released from jail after 11 years

RJD's former parliament member Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is connected with the Rajiv Raushan murder case, was released from jail after 11 years on Saturday, reported ANI in a series of tweets.

"As Shahabuddin has got bail from different courts in all other criminal cases pending against him, he can now walk out of the jail after completing certain formalities," The Times of India quoted his counsel YV Giri as saying.

He had been facing around 35 cases, but has been granted bail on most charges for want of evidence, Hindustan Times reported.

After coming out of jail, Shahabuddin said that he was framed, reported ANI.

Raushan was a witness in the case of brutal murder of his two brothers — Girish Raj and Satish Raj — at Shahabuddin's native village in Siwan district on 16 August, 2004.

He was shot on 16 June, 2014, when Shahabuddin was in jail. He was granted bail in March 2016.

Shahabuddin said that his release had nothing to do with politics and that the judiciary had its own procedures.

On being asked if he would want to change his image, he said that people have accepted him the way he is for 26 years.

According to police officials, Shahabuddin has been convicted on charges of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.

"We are very scared now that Shahabuddin is returning. There is threat that he may also eliminate me and my wife," India Today quoted Chandrakeshwar Prasad, father of the three brothers.

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