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Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Author: PTI
Publication: Mumbai Mirror
Date: July 29, 2006

Introduction: Shahabuddin's aide and a lawyer threatens judge with murder if he doesn't rescue the jailed RJD MP who faces some 40 cases

Patna: More trouble may be in store for jailed RJD MP from Siwan Mohammed Shahabuddin after a lawyer close to him allegedly threatened a judge with dire consequences if he did not deliver judgements in his favour.

Mahtab Alam, a lawyer from Aurangabad in Bihar, allegedly threatened to eliminate V B Gupta, a judicial magistrate in whose court some cases against the controversial MP are being heard, if he did not deliver judgements in Shahabuddin's favour, a source in the Bihar police headquarters said on Friday.

The source said Alam called up Gupta requesting him to 'rescue' Shahabuddin, who is facing over three dozen criminal cases, and offered 'allurements' to the judge.

When Gupta refused to oblige, Alam apparently threatened to get him killed.

"There were both allurements and threats," the source said adding the judge then informed his superior, additional district and sessions judge Gyaneshwar Prasad Srivastava of the incident.

The two told Siwan Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar about the call and sought additional security for the judge, which was granted, the source said.

Gupta has so far not registered any FIR in connection with the threat, the source said adding that the judge had also informed the Patna High Court of the incident through Advocate General P K Sahi.

The two judges - Gupta and Srivastava - had been appointed by the Patna High Court to head two special courts inside Siwan jail for speedy trial of the cases against Shahabuddin.

Some time ago, Shahabuddin had got into a scuffle with the Siwan deputy superintendent of police when the Lok Sabha member apparently tried to put pressure on members of a medical board to recommend shifting him to a hospital outside Bihar for specialised treatment.

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