Court orders Shahabuddin trial through video conferencing
Patna, Sep 13 (IANS) The Patna High Court Tuesday ordered the Bihar government to immediately conduct trial of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Shahabuddin through video-conferencing for expeditious disposal of pending cases against him.
Shahabuddin is undergoing treatment for a spinal problem under judicial custody in New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The court directed the government to make immediate arrangement for trial through video-conferencing without delay, an official said.
The court also expressed its displeasure over AIIMS authorities for their "non-serious attitude" on the Shahabuddin issue by not furnishing his medical reports on time and sought explanation from the director and superintendent of the hospital within a week on the matter.
Earlier the court Monday was unhappy over the failure of the state government to start the trial of Shahabuddin through video conferencing despite its order last month.
The Siwan MP was admitted to AIIMS early August for his spinal problem following a directive of the Patna High Court.
The court ordered his treatment at AIIMS after Shahabuddin made an appeal for mercy killing, saying the pain was unbearable and the Bihar government was not inclined to send him outside for better medication.
The MP is involved in over 40 criminal cases, including murder, abduction and possession of illegal arms. He was lodged at the Siwan jail before being shifted to AIIMS.