Jailed Former RJD MP Shahabuddin Succumbs to Covid-19

Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin.

He was elected for four successive terms to Parliament between 1996 and 2004 from Bihar’s Siwan constituency

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin passed away at a hospital in Delhi where he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19, officials said on Saturday.

The 53-year-old was serving a life sentence in a 2004 double murder case. He was shifted to the Tihar jail in 2018.

Sandeep Goyal, the Director General of Tihar jail, said in a statement, “Information has been received from the DDU (Deen Dayal Upadhyay) Hospital about the death of Mohammad Shahabuddin, an inmate of Delhi prison.”

The official said that Shahbuddin was suffering from Covid-19 and was admitted to the DDU Hospital on April 20.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi High Court had directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the prison authorities to ensure proper medical supervision and care of Shahabuddin.

Justice Prathiba M. Singh had said that the doctor on duty for looking after Covid patients shall monitor Shahabuddin’s health condition and treatment.

A court in Bihar had awarded a 10-year sentence to Shahabuddin for his involvement in an Arms Act case.

The former RJD Lok Sabha MP from Bihar’s Siwan had then challenged the court’s order and filed an appeal before the Supreme Court seeking appropriate orders.

Later, the Supreme Court had sought a detailed response from the Bihar government after hearing the petition filed by him challenging his conviction.

All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat President Navaid Hamid has condoled the death of Shahabuddin. “Saddened to know abt death of #MohammadShahabuddin, daring politician, who was dear to hearts of poo and downtrodden irrespective of religious affiliations,” Hamid said in a tweet.

Shahabuddin was elected for four successive terms to the Parliament between 1996 and 2004 from the Siwan constituency. He was also elected for two terms to Bihar Assembly in 1990, and 1995. He is survived by his wife Heena Shahab and three kids.

(With inputs from IANS)





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