Bihar, 15 September: The wife of late journalist Rajdeo Ranjan stepped to the Supreme Court after observing the photograph in which the accused appeared with Bihar minister Tej Pratap Yadav and don-turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin.
She filed a petition asking to shift the probe and trial of her husband’s murder case from Bihar to Delhi.
In her petition she said that Mohammad Kaif, was spotted with Shahabuddin, a man involved in her husband’s murder, and the state health minister, in presence of several policemen.
“If the police is deliberately not arresting Kaif and the health minister is taking photographs with proclaimed offenders, the life of Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife and her two minor children is at stake,” her advocate Kishlay Panday was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust Of India.
Rajdeo Ranjan an employee of vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of May 13 in his office. Besides that case, Mohammad Kaif is also wanted in five other cases involving extortion and theft.
Shahabuddin’s involvement in the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as he is suspected to have ordered the killing of Ranjan.
On September 10, Kaif was photographed with Shahabuddin, who walked out of Siwan jail after 11 years.
In the plea filed to the Apex Court, Asha accused Shahabuddin of being involved in her husband’s murder. The petition also said even after the family had mentioned Shahabuddin’s connection, the police had not named him in the case as a key conspirator.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), part of Bihar’s ruling coalition, meanwhile, was taking a back foot after the circulation of the photographs as Tej Pratap Yadav is the son of party chief Lalu Prasad and Shahabuddin also belongs to the party.
However on Wednesday, the young minister dismissed allegations of links with Kaif, calling it a BJP conspiracy. “They (the BJP) bring some photograph from somewhere and make some false allegations. How would I know who is a shooter from the 1,000 people who click photos with me?” Mr Yadav said.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s deputy Tejaswi Yadav also jumped into the fray to defend his brother. “Is it written on somebody’s forehead what he is? Does Prime Minister Narendra Modi verify the background of everybody he shares dais in a function?” he questioned.