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If Pappu can attend LS,so can I: Shahabuddin

The criminal-politician who holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science,wants to attend Lok Sabha proceedings.

If Pappu can,so can I,says Dr Mohammad Shahabuddin,Member of Parliament with Rashtriya Janata Dal from distant Siwan District Jail.

Even as Thursday saw all eyes trained on his party leader and Union Railway Minister Lalu Yadav introduce the Interim Railway Budget,2009 before the Lok Sabha,Shahabuddin is sore he is still in jail serving a life sentence for kidnapping with intention to murder and not “physically present at the lively debates and discussions” in the ongoing session of the Parliament.

The criminal-politician who holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science,and a PhD,possibly from the B.R. Ambedkar Bihar University,Muzaffarpur,in an urgent application filed today expressed his strong belief to the Delhi High Court that “it is necessary for the welfare of the general public and the people of my Siwan Constituency” that he “participates in the debates and discussions”.

“Unless I participate,I cannot render or express my views. This session is the last before the general elections for the House of People,” Shahabuddin urges the court.

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The Siwan MP claims he got an invitation letter on January 23,2009 from the Secretary-General of Lok Sabha at his New Delhi residence “requesting” him to attend the Lok Sabha sitting starting from February 12. “I have been given provisional calendar and other connected Parliamentary papers,” he fills in.

The MP admits that he is inspired by the High Court’s decision on February 10 to allow another of his party colleague and MP,Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav,to sit in the Parliament for the current session.

Yadav is undergoing life imprisonment in Tihar since February 2005 was convicted by a Trial Court in Bihar for the murder of CPI(M) legislator Ajit Sarkar on June 14,1998.

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Incidentally,Shahabuddin followed an identical line of reasoning as Yadav did three days back “larger public interest” to be present in the Parliament.

Yadav had argued that his presence was necessary in the Parliament for the betterment of the people of his Madhepura constituency.

“MP Pappu Yadav in similar circumstances has already been permitted by this Honourable Court on February 10 to attend the current session¿ I want similar relief,” Shahabuddin drove in his point.

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Justice S Ravindra Bhatt,who cleared Yadav’s case,took up the case of Shahabuddin today,but said he would hear arguments only on February 16.

The Siwan leader lists before the High Court the number of times he had been given permission by the Supreme Court to exercise his powers as a Member of Parliament,from casting his vote in the Presidential polls at the Bihar Assembly premises on July 18 to the Vice-Presidential run a month later in the Parliament.

“A direction was given to the Superintendent of Siwan Jail to take the petitioner (Shahabuddin) with suffiecient police escort to the Parliament House,” he recounts in the petition.

The last opportunity for the MP came when he again made the trip to the Capital on July 16,2008 to cast his vote in the No-Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha on July 21-22,last year.

First published on: 13-02-2009 at 09:01:43 pm
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