The Patna high court on Wednesday upheld the sentence of life imprisonment awarded to former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin by a Siwan court in the double murder case which took place in 2004.
The division bench of Justices Kishore Kumar Mandal and Sanjay Kumar also upheld the life imprisonment awarded to Munna Miyan alias Arif Hussain, Sheikh Aslam alias Aslam Miyan and Rajkumar Sah in the same case.
Shahabuddin and the three others were convicted by special judge Ajay Kumar Srivastava on December 12, 2015. The court was especially set up inside Siwan jail for what Justice Srivastava had termed as the rarest of rare case. Shahabuddin is lodged in Tihar jail.
Satish and Girish Raushan, both brothers in their early 20s, were kidnapped from their respective shops in Siwan after they refused to pay Rs2.5 lakh extortion to Shahabuddin’s henchmen. Later, the brothers were bathed in acid and killed at the behest of the former RJD MP on August 16, 2004. Their bodies were chopped and thrown into a river. The duo’s elder brother Rajeev Raushan was also kidnapped with them, but he had managed to escape.
Rajeev, the sole eyewitness of the double murder, remained underground for more than five years. But, he was also shot dead in Siwan on June 16, 2014, just three days before he was to depose for the second time in the court in his brothers’ murder case. Earlier, Rajeev had told the court that Shahabuddin had ordered his men to kill his brothers.
Chadrakeshwar Prasad alias Chanda Babu, the aggrieved father of the deceased, said he always had faith in judiciary. “But I feel Shahabuddin deserved capital punishment,” he said.
Additional public prosecutor (APP) Mayanand Jha assisted Supreme Court lawyer KTS Tulsi on behalf of the state while Shahabuddin was represented by Zeyaul Hoda. Talking to TOI, Hoda said, “We will move the Supreme Court against the high court’s order.”