Rajdeo Ranjan murder case: SC directs CBI to complete probe in 3 months

| Monday, October 17, 2016 - 15:30
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the probe in the murder of Bihar journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in three months. The Bihar government issued a notification requesting the CBI to take over the investigation of the murder case on May 16.

In September, four months after the murder, the agency took over investigations and registered a case against unknown assailants.

A CBI team probing the murder visited the house of Jawed Bhath, a suspect. Bhath and another accused in the case, Jimmi, were absconding while two accused Mohammad Kaif and Sonu had surrendered in court.

Earlier this month, the agency questioned Azharuddin Beig, another prime suspect in the case and considered close to Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Mohammad Shahabuddin.

The nation was shocked when a photograph where in RJD chief Lalu Prasad's sons - Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav with an absconding accused in the murder surfaced.

Rajdeo Ranjan was shot in the head near Siwan railway station on May 13.

Meanwhile minister Tej Pratap Yadav admitted in apex court that he accepted bouquet from Siwan journalist murder accused but denies involvement.

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