Bihar’s “Bahubali” leader and former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi, can meet his mother, wife and other family members in police custody.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted three-days custody parole to Shahabuddin to meet his family in Delhi. Along with this, the High Court has instructed Shahabuddin that during this time he should not meet anyone other than the family.
The Single Bench of Justice Anoop Jairam Bhambhani directed Shahabuddin, who is serving a sentence in a murder case, to be given three-day custodial parole. The court has said that within three days, Shahabuddin has been instructed to tell his place of choice in Delhi where he wants to meet his family.
Along with this, the High Court has directed the Jail Superintendent that after verification of the prescribed address, within 30 days of the judgment, whenever the petitioner asks then he should be taken to that place to meet the family. The court has also directed the government to ensure that strict security arrangements are in place whenever the former MP is taken to meet the family.
Shahabuddin had sought custodial parole to go to Siwan and meet his family. Shahabuddin had said that his father died on September 19 and he wants to spend time with his mother. He had also claimed that his mother was ill.
The High Court has asked that Shahabuddin be taken on custodial parole for six hours each day to meet the family. This does not include the time taken to travel from the jail to the prescribed address. The Court has allowed Shahabuddin to meet his family members between morning 6 A.M. to evening 4 P.M. The Court also stated that the address to which they are taken should not be outside Delhi.
In this case, Bihar Police and Delhi Police had expressed their inability to provide security when Shahabuddin was taken to Siwan in Bihar. After this, the High Court had suggested Shahabuddin to meet the family on November 3 in Delhi itself. Bihar’s “Bahubali” leader Shahabuddin, who is serving a life sentence in a murder case, was transferred to Delhi jail in 2018 on the orders of the Supreme Court.
Justice Bhambhani had asked former MP Shahabuddin that he could call his family to Delhi and meet him here if he wanted.