Jailor complains of threats by Shahabuddin


Patna : Incarcerated Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin allegedly threatened a Bihar jailor for not being allowed to meet a central minister who had come to visit him.

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Jailor Sanjeev Kumar has complained that Shahabuddin, who is lodged in the Siwan district jail, threatened and abused him for not being permitted to meet central Minister of State for Human Resource Development M.A.A. Fatmi.

Kumar filed his complaint with the Mofussil police station Thursday under sections 353 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He said soon after Fatmi returned without meeting Shahabuddin, the MP threatened him. Fatmi is considered to be close to Shahabuddin.

This was the fifth such case lodged against the MP since he was arrested from New Delhi in 2005.

Shahabuddin said “he would take care of me once he was out of the jail” and even “threatened me for taking photographs of visitors coming to meet him”, Kumar alleged.

Only two days ago Shahabuddin allegedly threatened a prosecuting witness, B.K. Pandey, who is the officer-in-charge of the Barharia police station. Pandey alleged he was threatened with dire consequences by the MP when he reached the court of judicial magistrate V.V. Gupta to depose in two cases. Pandey lodged a complaint with the Mofussil police station.

Last year Shahabuddin had threatened assistant jailor Vashisht Rai, who was part of the government team stationed for the MP’s security at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was undergoing treatment for a spinal problem while under judicial custody.

Since last month Shahabuddin has been treated like a common prisoner as per the state government’s orders.

In March, a special court in Siwan awarded two years’ imprisonment to Shahabuddin for assaulting a Communist Party India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) worker in 1998.
This is the first time Shahabuddin has been convicted in a criminal case.

Shahabuddin, an MP from Siwan, is facing 34 cases, including those of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and violation of the Foreign Exchange Act and the Arms Act.