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Poaching case against RJD MP Shahabuddin
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | February 06, 2008 12:11 IST
In another blow to controversial Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammed Shahabuddin, the West Champaran forest department has filed a chargesheet against him in a case of poaching under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The chargesheet against Shahabuddin stated that the poaching of endangered animals on the premises of Valmiki Tiger Project, Bagaha was conducted from the residence of Belahawan Mukhiya.
The case was filed by the forest department following recovery of a live cheetal and cheetal and tiger skins along with some photographs depicting Shahabuddin posing with a rifle over a dead cheetal from his house at Pratappur in Siwan.
Cases have been filed against all 13 accused seen in photographs.
The RJD MP, known for his strong-arm tactics, was arrested in Delhi in November 2005 in connection with pending non-bailable warrants of arrest against his name.
The fourth-term MP from Siwan was later brought to Bihar on remand and lodged in the high-security Bhagalpur jail for six months before being shifted to Siwan jail for a speedy trial.
In 2007, the special court in Siwan jail awarded Shahabuddin the life sentence in a case pertaining to the kidnapping of a Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist worker eight years ago.
In March 2007, Shahabuddin was sentenced to two years imprisonment for an attack on the CPI-ML office at Kurmabad in Siwan town on September 19, 1998 in which the party's office secretary Keshav Baitha was injured.
Shahabuddin has over 30 cases, including those of murder, attempt to murder, possession of illegal arms of foreign make, and unaccounted foreign currency pending against him.