CBI given time to probe Tej meeting murder accused

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday granted time to the CBI to file a report on its probe relating to news reports, photographs and videos showing former Bihar Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, along with the men accused of killing scribe Rajdev Ranjan. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submission of CBI counsel that two more days be granted for filing the fresh status report on the probe conducted on the alleged meeting of the accused with the then Health Minister.“List after two weeks,” the Bench said.In judicial custodyEarlier, the apex court had sought the CBI’s response as to whether it had probed the news photographs and videos showing Mr. Yadav with Mohd. Kaif and Mohd. Javed, accused of killing the scribe and who were then absconding. The accused are currently in judicial custody. It had then directed the CBI to file a status report on the probe into the allegations that Mr. Yadav sheltered them and the news reports that purportedly showed them in the company of Mr. Yadav and Mohd. Shahabuddin, jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal strongman and a co-accused in the murder case. The apex court had issued notices to Mr. Shahabuddin, Mr. Yadav and the Bihar government on the plea of Ranjan’s wife seeking transfer of the case from Siwan in Bihar to Delhi. The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to proceed with the probe and ordered police protection to the scribe’s wife Asha Ranjan and their family.Shift soughtMs. Asha had moved the top court seeking transfer of the probe and trial in the case to Delhi on the ground s that media reports had shown two absconding killers of her husband in the company of Mr. Shahabuddin and Mr. Yadav. She had sought relief, including a direction to the CBI, to take up the investigation forthwith in view of the fact that the offenders, Mohd. Kaif and Mohd. Javed, were spotted with Mr. Shahabuddin and the then state Health Minister, where several policemen were also present. Kaif had surrendered in the Siwan district court on September 21.Work of sharpshootersThe scribe, working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of May 13 in Siwan town by some sharp-shooters allegedly at the instance of the then jailed RJD leader, the plea alleged. Despite being named by the family of the journalist, the Siwan police did not name Mr. Shahabuddin in the FIR as a key conspirator, it alleged. It also alleged that the RJD leader was irked over some reports by the slain journalist on the issue of murder of three sons of Chandrakeshwar Prasad. Mr. Shahabuddin was awarded life term in one of the cases.last_img

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