Patna, April 4: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday, April 4 included jailed former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in party's national executive panel.
After his controversial induction, Lalu's wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi defended her party's move by comparing the convicted MP with the BJP National President Amit Shah.
Rabri was quoted saying as, "Why doesn't the BJP put its house in order first? Why don't they remove Amit Shah instead of questioning us?"
Shahabuddin, the four-time MP from Siwan, has been behind bars since 2005, when Nitish Kumar formed the government in Bihar. [2004 Siwan murder case: Ex-RJD MP Mohd Shahbuddin sentenced to life in prison]
Since the grand alliance of JD(U)-RJD-Congress formed the government in Bihar on Nov 2015, the law and order situation has deteriorated in the state.
The new RJD National excutive has fresh faces like Lalu's children-- Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, and his elder daughter Misa Bharti.
But Shahbuddin's induction has triggered a huge controversy, putting the Bihar government under dock.
On Dec 12, 2005, Shahbuddin was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 double murder case. More than 50 criminal cases are pending against him including murder, extortion, kidnapping etc.
In 2004, Shahabuddin and three others had doused the two brothers, Girish Raj and Satish Raj, in acid before murdering them.
The two brothers were kidnapped allegedly at Shahabuddin's behest and drenched in acid before being murdered.
Shahabuddin's son Osama was charged with the killing of local BJP leader Rajiv Roshan, a witness in the double murder case.
In March this year, Minority Affairs Minister Abdul Gafoor and RJD MLA Harishankar Yadav had paid a visit to Shahabuddin in Siwan jail. A photograph of the three in the jail had gone viral on social media.