Patna, Sept 8: BJP today alleged that the Bihar government in a systematic manner paved the way for the release of RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from jail. “The state government in a systematic manner paved the way for release of Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is part of the RJD top policy-making body, from jail,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said in a statement here. The Patna High Court had yesterday granted bail to controversial RJD leader Mohammad Shahbuddin in a case of murder of a witness in the killing of two brothers in Siwan by bathing them in acid.

The bail would mean Shahabuddin would come out of jail after a gap of 11 years. He has acquired bail in other cases against him too. “When the court had on February 2016 ordered to complete trial in the murder case of Rajiv Roshan, the state government as part of thoughful planning did not allow trial to take place so as to pave the way for him to get bail,” Sushil alleged. “Will Shahabuddin, a symbol of ‘jungle raj’ of the past, share dias with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad?” he asked.(ALSO READ: Bihar scribe murder: Mohammad Shahabuddin’s close aid Laddan Miyan surrenders)

“Unlike in cases related to prohibition in which the state government hired senior lawyers of Supreme Court, in case related to Shahabuddin why the matter was entrusted to a junior legal officer and not Advocate General or Additional Advocate General?” he asked. Sushil Modi, who is leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council, sought to know “if the state government planned to impose Crime Control Act (CCA) on Shahabuddin like the one done on expelled JD(U) MLA Anant Singh”. “The way Shahabuddin sustained his rein of terror in Siwan despite being behind the bars, the very news of his coming out of jail is instilling fear among citizens,” he said.