New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday acceded to jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammed Shahabuddin’s plea to be flown from Siwan in Bihar to New Delhi at his cost to vote in the vice-presidential polls Friday.
A bench headed by Justice B.N. Agarwal asked the Bihar Police and Delhi Police to make appropriate arrangements for Shahabuddin’s journey from Siwan to New Delhi.
The bench, which included Justice Tarun Chatterji and Justice V.S. Sripurkar, also asked the Election Commission to make appropriate arrangements to enable Shahabuddin to cast his vote in parliament.
The judges directed the apex court registry to send a copy of its order to the director general of Bihar Police, the Delhi Police commissioner, Siwan’s Superintendent of Police and the Election Commission, again at the cost of the RJD legislator.
The electoral college for the election of the vice president comprises only the members of the Lok sabha and Rajya Sabha. The voting takes place only in parliament in New Delhi.
Earlier, during the president’s election, Shahabuuding had been taken to Patna from Siwan to cast his vote after the Supreme Court’s permission.