Rajdeo Ranjan was the Siwan bureau chief of 'Hindustan'. (File Photo)
The wife of murdered journalist Rajdeo Ranjan today moved Supreme Court seeking transfer of probe and trial in the case to Delhi from Bihar's Siwan alleging that media reports have shown two absconding killers of her husband in the company of recently-released RJD leader Shahabuddin and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav.
The furore over the release of the RJD strongman from Siwan has now reached the top court through various petitions.
Asha Ranjan, wife of Rajdeo Ranjan, has sought relief including a direction to CBI, to take up the investigation forthwith in view of the fact that the proclaimed offenders - Mohd Kaif and Mohd Javed - have been spotted with Shahabuddin and the state Health Minister.
Simultaneously, Chandrakeshwar Prasad of Siwan, whose three of four sons were allegedly murdered by the gangster-turned-politician, would tomorrow file an appeal in the top court challenging Patna High Court's order granting bail to the former RJD lawmaker through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
The journalist, working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of May 13 in Siwan town by some sharp-shooters allegedly at the instance of the RJD leader, the plea alleged, adding that despite being named by the family of the journalist, Siwan police did not name Shahabuddin in the FIR as a key conspirator.
The plea also alleged that CBI, to which the case was handed over on May 16 by Bihar government, was yet take it up.
Besides Bihar government, the plea has made Superintendent of Police of Siwan, Shahabuddin and Tej Pratap, minister son of RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad, as parties.
It has been alleged that Shahabuddin was irked over some reports by the journalist on the issue of murder of three sons of Chandrakeshwar Prasad. The leader has been convicted and awarded life term in one of the cases.
"At this stage the petitioner has felt very insecure, terrorised and helpless with regard to the safety and security of her own self and of her two children...," it said.