Acting on the Supreme Court directives, former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman, Mohammad Shahabuddin, on Sunday, was brought to New Delhi, from Siwan jail in Bihar.

The apex court, on Wednesday, ordered shifting of Shahabuddin after hearing the petition of Asha Ranjan, wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, shot dead in May last year.

Asha, in her petition, feared a threat to her life if Shahabuddin remains in Siwan jail.

Shahabuddin is a criminal turned politician and still faces at least 35 criminal cases including murder, extortion and kidnapping.

“Process to shift Shahabuddin from Siwan jail to Tihar jail began late Friday night with a team of special task force (STF) along with top district administration officials brought him to Patna on way to Delhi,” a district police officer said.

Shahabuddin, who has spent more than 11 years behind the bars already, will be now lodged in Delhi’s highly secured Tihar jail.