Will RJD supremo Lalu Prasad join former party MP Shahabuddin in Tihar jail?

Will RJD supremo Lalu Prasad join former party MP Shahabuddin in Tihar jail?

NEW DELHI: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad may be in trouble. After dreaded gangster and former Lok Sabha MP Shahabuddin, he is the second party leader facing charges of flouting the jail manuals with impunity.
Incidentally, both Lalu and Shahabuddin are convicted prisoners – Lalu in the fodder case while Shahabuddin in two murder cases.
A writ petition has been filed against Lalu in the Jharkhand high court accusing him of using mobile phones inside the director’s bungalow of Rajendra Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi which has been designated as a jail for lodging him.
In his petition, BJP’s Anuranjan Ashok has sought a CBI probe into the alleged violation of jail manual by Lalu. The convicted RJD supremo has been accused of calling up NDA MLA Lalan Paswan allegedly asking him to abstain from voting in the election for the speaker’s post held earlier.
According to the jail manual, political meetings or talks are banned inside the prisons.
Former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi shared the audio clip purportedly containing Lalu’s voice on his Twitter handle.

In a separate tweet, Sushil Modi also informed that Lalan Paswan has filed an FIR against Lalu under the Prevention of Corruption Act “for making telephone calls from custody and offering ministerial berth which amounts to bribing and alluring a public servant”.

Lalu, who was initially lodged in the Ranchi jail, was admitted to RIMS on health grounds. However, he was recently shifted to RIMS director’s bungalow after his aides were detected with COVID-19.
Lalu may be in trouble after the latest controversy surrounding him has come to the fore.
He is the second RJD leader to generate a row for flouting jail manuals.

Former RJD MP and dreaded gangster Shahabuddin.

Former four-term RJD MP Shahabuddin was also accused of using mobile phones inside the Siwan jail. The Siwan strongman, who had about 50 cases pending against him, allegedly used to hold “durbars” inside the jail.
Shahabuddin was facing trials, among others, in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan and three sons of Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad.
Rajdeo Ranjan was shot dead in May 2016 for allegedly publishing a news material about Shahabuddin. The two sons of Chandrakeshwar Prasad – Satish and Girish Roshan – were killed in August 2004 for allegedly refusing to pay extortion money.
A third brother, Rajiv Roshan, was also shot dead on June 6, 2014 when he was going to the trial court to depose as an eyewitness against Shahabuddin.
Shahabuddin triggered a row regarding violating jail manuals when his selfie inside the Siwan jail went viral on social media in January 2017.
Slain Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife Asha Rankjan and Asha Ranjan and Chandrakeshwar Prasad moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of Shahabuddin from Siwan jail to Tihar jail in the national capital on the grounds that a free and fair trial was not possible in Siwan.
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan filed a case in the Supreme Court on behalf of Chandrakeshwar Prasad.
Delivering an order in the petitions, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said, “A fair trial is not what the accused wants in the name of fair trial. Fair trial must soothe the ultimate justice which is sought individually.”
The Supreme Court on February 15, 2017 directed the Bihar government to transfer Shahabuddin to Tihar jail within a week. On February 19, Shahabuddin was brought to Delhi and since then he is imprisoned in the Tihar jail.

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