The Supreme court on Monday directed the CBI to ensure that its investigations into the murder of Bihar journalist Rajdev Ranjan be completed within three months.
A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy made it clear that no accused in the murder case shall seek bail on the statutory ground that charge sheets have not been filed in the matter.
The court also demanded a report from the Siwan sessions court on why two other accused – Mohammad Kaid and Mohammad Javed – were not declared proclaimed offenders after they were seen publicly with Bihar’s health minister Tej Pratap Yadav and RJD leader Shahabuddin, prime accused in the murder.
In reply, the Bihar government told the bench that the two accused in question were not declared proclaimed offenders when they met the Bihar Health minister at Siwan.
Rajdev’s wife Asha Ranjan had on September 23 alleged that the CBI had not even begun its investigation in the case due to ‘political influence’ and ‘fear of Shahabuddin’.
The court also sought the response of Shahbuddin, Yadav and the Bihar government on a petition filed by Asha seeking a transfer of the case from Siwan in Bihar to New Delhi.
Rajdev Ranjan was killed in July this year while on the way home from his office, by two motorcycle borne assailants. His wife alleged that he was killed to keep him from reporting on jailed RJD leader Shahabuddin’s illegal activities.