New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Shahabuddin on Saturday passed away at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 after testing positive for the deadly virus last month. The 53-year-old was serving a life sentence in a 2004 double murder case. 

Shahabuddin, who was serving a life sentence for murder at the Tihar Jail, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 20, after which he was admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital, DG (Tihar) Sandeep Goel said, as quoted by news agency ANI, while confirming the news about Shahabuddin's death.

“Information has been received from DDU Hospital about the death of Mohd Shahabuddin, an inmate of Delhi Prisons. He was suffering from COVID-19 and was admitted to DDU Hospital on April 20,” DG (Tihar) Sandeep Goel said. 

This came days after the Delhi High Court had on Wednesday directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the prison authority to ensure proper medical supervision and care of Shahabuddin. Justice Prathiba M Singh had said the doctor on duty for looking after COVID-19 patients shall monitor Shahabuddin's health condition and treatment.

The gangster-turned-politician was among the high profile inmates along with gangster Chhota Rajan in Tihar jail who have tested positive for COVID-19 inside the jail premises despite being locked up in a single cell with minimum interaction with other inmates.

Shahabuddin was shifted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital on April 20 after his health deteriorated. Over three dozen cases were lodged against the gangster-turned-politician. Before being shifted to Tihar jail, Shahabuddin had also spent a long time in Bhagalpur and Siwan jail. In 2018, the Supreme Court had ordered his transfer to Delhi's Tihar jail from Siwan. 

A court in Bihar had convicted Shahabuddin to 10 years of imprisonment for his involvement in an arms act case. Challenging the Bihar court's order, Shahabuddin then filed an appeal before the Supreme Court and sought appropriate orders.

Later, the Supreme Court had sought a detailed response from the state government after hearing the petition filed by the former MP, challenging his conviction. Shahabuddin's senior lawyer submitted to the apex court that his client has been in jail for the last 14 years in a murder case.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan