New Delhi, Sep 23, 2016: The Supreme Court has on Friday asked Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and criminal-turned-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin, to explain why an FIR cannot be registered against them for allegedly sheltering an accused in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s murder.
Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan sought a response from RJD chief Lalu Yadav’s son on a petition by Asha Ranjan, the wife of the late Siwan journalist. She sought a FIR against the two men.
The journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife moved to an apex court after the photographs surfaced, seeking that the trial in her husband’s murder case be shifted to Delhi as she fears for her family’s life.
While asking the Bihar Police to provide protection to Asha Ranjan and her family, the bench asked the CBI – which is inquiring the case – to file a status report on its investigation on October 17.
On a plea by Asha Ranjan seeking the transfer of the trial from Bihar to Delhi, the bench issued notice to the Bihar government seeking its response.
Asha Ranjan has also sought compensation from the state government.
Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan bureau chief of the Hindi newspaper, which is part of the HT Media, was shot dead at a busy market by people allegedly close to Bahubali leader Shahabuddin.