Supreme Court also finds a criminal-politician nexus in Bihar
New Delhi: “There is a criminal- politician nexus in Bihar” observed the Supreme Court on Thursday, putting a question mark on the law and order situation and role of politicians in the state.
This observation was made on a photograph showing a minister with a hardened criminal which has gone viral on social media. The minister is incharge of health and son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and the criminal in the picture is a sharp-shooter who is alleged to be the right hand man of former member of Parliament Mohammad Shahabuddin who has just been released on bail.
Shahabuddin is facing several criminal cases including murder of a journalist in Siwan. The Court has taken up the case and made the observation during the hearing. The case has been filed by the journalist’s wife.
Notices have been sent by the apex court to the minister, chief minister Nitish Kumar and some others in this connection.
Simultaneously, the Court has asked the CBI which is investing into the case to file a status report on it.
The latest report received from Bihar says that the sharp-shooter, Mohammad Kaif, has surrendered in a court and sent to judicial custody.
The journalist’s wife has also demanded transfer of the case to Delhi as she feared witnesses may not speak the truth for fear of retaliation by criminals in the state. The court is yet to decide on the issue but has already provided security to her.