SC Closes Proceedings Into Tej Pratap Yadav’s Role In Bihar Journalist’s Murder

| March 22 , 2018 , 13:44 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday closed proceedings against former Bihar minister Tej Pratap, son of jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, in the murder case of a journalist.

The apex court had asked the CBI to investigate allegations regarding photographs and videos that showed Pratap, former Bihar health minister, along with the other two accused, Mohd Kaif and Javed. Both Kaif and Javed are presently in judicial custody in the Rajdeo Ranjan murder case of May 2016.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra with Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi that CBI has not found any incriminating material against the RJD leader.

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CBI told Supreme Court that it did not find anything against him Tej Pratap and that an investigation of two accused persons was ongoing.

The CBI's statement was in response to a plea made by the journalist's widow Asha Ranjan seeking a probe against Tej Pratap.

The bench ordered the closure of proceedings against Tej Pratap and gave the slain journalist’s widow the liberty to get her plea revised if some incriminating material surfaces in the future.

Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi daily 'Hindustan' was shot dead on May 13, 2016, allegedly for exposing the activities of Mohammed Shahabuddin in Siwan jail.