Siwan special court of Additional Distrct Judge Gyaneshwar Srivastava sentenced RJD MP for rigorous life imprisonment on May 8 in the connection of kidnapping and murder of CPI ML worker Chote lal Gupta in 1999. Now, the judgment has created storm in political circle in Delhi.
Naxalite outfit CPI (ML-Liberation) has planned to stage a demonstration outside Parliament on May 16. They would likely to put forward a demand to disqualify Shahabuddin from Parliament.
Party General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya has termed the verdict as “people’s victory”. He said that the party is seeking appointment with the president as well as the Prime Minister on this matter.
On the other hand, the road ahead is looking gloomy for Shahabuddin. He has one-month time to file an appeal in the High Court against the lower court’s decision. The Rashtriya Janata Dal leadership has accused that the NDA government in Bihar is trying to get the Siwan MP killed in jail.
RJD leader Abdul Siddiqui said during a press conference in Patna that the government is actually trying to eliminate’ Shahabuddin in jail. He gave the example of recent clash in jail after the court’s verdict in which a so-called Shahabuddin supporter was stabbed inside the jail by anti-Shahabuddin group.
Siddiqui had blamed that the jail officials in Siwan are acting on personal biasness. The administration is framing him to ensure he never comes out of the jail. He later demanded that Siwan MP should be transferred to some other state prison.
The Congress and other UPA allies are feeling deeply embarrassed on RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s refusal to take any action against his party’s MP. According to reports, Congress members have showed their concern over the RJD’s ignorance over Shahabuddin issue.
The RJD MP’s conviction and sentencing would force Congress to low its voice against the opposition on the politician-criminal nexus. Further, the opposition may start another agitation by BJP and other opposition. The BJP has said that it would demand to Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee to suspend or expel Shahabuddin from the Lok Sabha.
Some legal experts have said that since Shahabuddin is facing life imprisonment now, he may be debarred from contesting the next Lok Sabha pollsh. However, the MP could retain his membership in the Lok Sabha as he would not be under any legal compulsion to resign in the wake of today’s verdict.