Siwan journalist murder case: Supreme Court issues notice to Lalu’s son Tej Pratap


Patna: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav after he was photographed with sharpshooter Mohammad Kaif, who is accused of killing Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. Hitting out at court's notice Yadav said that the Supreme Court instead of issuing notice to him should first issue notices to BJP leaders who have pictures with Kaifi.

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"Supreme Court should issue notices to BJP leaders also with whom sharp shooter Md. Kaifi's pictures have gone viral. We respect Supreme Court but it's a fact that thousands of people meet us and click pictures with us and its not written on their forehead whether they are gentlemen or criminals," he said.

It may be noted that last week there was a series of pictures of Kaifi, alleged sharp shooter of Md. Shahbuddin, which went viral and triggered a war of words between the ruling party and the opposition. First it was pictures of Kaif with Md. Shahabuddin himself that created a flutter and soon Kaif's pictures with the Tej Pratap were also seen. Thereafter pictures of Kaif with Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also went viral.

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Tej Pratap and Shahabuddin over their pictures with sharp shooter and asked a reply within 14 days.

Kaifi presently is lodged in Siwan jail after he surrendered before the CJM court in connection with journalist Rajdev Ranjan murder case. He was absconding after his pictures with Shahabuddin went viral and police also attacked his property. Later he surrendered and has been sent to 14 days judicial custody.

The Apex Court was hearing a petition filed by Rajdev Ranjan's wife Asha Ranjan who had demanded a SC monitored probe in her husband's killing case.

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