Jailed RJD MP to vote in trust motion

July 16th, 2008 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS  


Patna, July 16 (IANS) Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammed Shahabuddin will be able to vote in the crucial trust motion in parliament next week after the Patna High Court Wednesday granted him permission to do so. Shahabuddin moved the court last week for permission to participate in the trust vote of July 22.

Shahabuddin, arrested in New Delhi in 2005, is lodged in Siwan jail in Bihar.

The RJD leader was convicted for the first time in March 2007 for his role in an attack on a Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) office in Siwan in 1998.

In May 2007, a special court sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping and murder of Chhote Lal Gupta, a CPI-ML worker, in 1999.

In August 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for attacking then Siwan superintendent of police S.K. Singhal in 1996.

Shahabuddin is a Lok Sabha member from Siwan since 1996.

RJD is part of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which has been reduced in a minority after the Left parties withdrew their support to the government last week.

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