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Shahabuddin Mukti Andolan demands Lalu Prasad Yadav's ouster from RJD

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 February 2017, 1:21 IST

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahbuddin's supporters led a movement called Shahabuddin Mukti Andolan demanding Lalu Prasad Yadav's ouster from the party.

The supporters met on 7 October in Gopalganj's Hotel Shabnam to discuss how the RJD founder and President Lalu Prasad Yadav could be removed from the party as they believe it was Yadav who conspired to send Shahabuddin back to jail by getting his bail cancelled.

According to reports, in the meeting, Lalu Prasad Yadav was held responsible for the fall of RJD in Bihar and all those present in the meeting supported his removal from the party.

On 1 October, the Supreme Court had ordered the Bihar government to take Shahabuddin into custody immediately underlining 'societal interest' and his criminal antecedents.

Setting aside the bail order passed by Patna High Court on 7 September, Supreme Court bench of Justice P C Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy held that "the High Court was not justified in granting bail" to the gangster-turned-politician.

Shahabuddin then surrendered before a court in Siwan and told media,"My supporters will give a befitting reply to Nitish Kumar in the next elections."

He was granted bail by the Patna High Court on 7 September in connection with the murder of an eye-witness, whose two brothers were allegedly killed by his henchmen. He had been convicted and sentenced to life term. Shahabuddin will be sent back to Bhagalpur jail.

First published: 8 October 2016, 12:01 IST