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Cell phones ring more trouble for Shahabuddin
May 17, 2007 12:52 IST
Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal lawmaker Mohammed Shahabuddin, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment by a Siwan court for kidnapping a Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist worker, has suffered a further setback with the recovery of cell phones from his possession.
A case of violation of the jail manual has been lodged against him.
The police had on Tuesday night recovered four mobile sets, three chargers and an earphone during a surprise raid in Siwan jail, where the member of Parliament is lodged.
Official sources said on Thursday that a case charging Shahabuddin with keeping cell phones in violation of the jail manual was registered in the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Siwan on Wednesday.
State Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said the Siwan district magistrate was asked to verify the names and addresses of persons in whose names the Sim cards found were issued.
Two constables have also been suspended for dereliction of duty, sources said.
With this, Shahabuddin is currently facing 32 cases, of which charge-sheets have been filed in 29 cases and charges framed against him in eight cases.
The cases pending against him include murder, attempt to murder, possession of illegal arms of foreign make, unaccounted foreign currency and violation of the Wildlife Act.
Charges have been framed against Shahabuddin under various sections of the Indian Penal Code -- 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person), 379 (punishment for theft), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means).
All the cases were registered after a police patrol van was attacked allegedly by the MP's henchmen when policemen raided his native Pratappur village house in Siwan district in 2005.
Charges were also framed against the MP under the Arms Act.
The Siwan administration had twice booked him under the Crime Control Act on February 18, 2005 and October 6, 2005.