Former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, who was held guilty by a special court for the murder of two brothers in the Siwan district of Bihar 11 years ago, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday.
Additional District Judge (ADJ) Ajay Kumar Srivastava yesterday passed the order pronouncing Shahabuddin, Rajkumar Sah, Sheikh Aslam and Arif Hussain guilty of charges under sections 302 (murder), 364A (kidnapping for ransom, etc), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
The three brothers were abducted from their house at Goshala road by Sah, Aslam and Hussain on August 16, 2004 and taken to Pratappur village where acid was poured on Girish and Satish, resulting in their death.
One of the sons, Rajeev Raushan, managed to escape. The bodies of the two brothers could not be recovered.
The victims' mother Kalawati Devi had lodged an FIR charging Shahabuddin's three henchmen with the murder of her sons. The former RJD MP's name had cropped up during probe and he too was made an accused for hatching conspiracy for kidnapping of the three siblings.
The lone surviving brother appeared before the judge as an eyewitness in the case, but was subsequently murdered by unidentified assailants on June 16 last year.
According to IANS, Shahabuddin's son Osama was charged with the killing of Raushan. Shahabuddin is lodged in the Siwan central jail for the past several years in connection with several cases against him. (With inputs from PTI)
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