New Delhi: The CBI on Friday approached the Supreme Court challenging a Patna High Court order granting bail to RJD leader and former MP Pappu Yadav in Ajit Sarkar murder case.
The High Court had granted bail to Rajesh Ranjan alias
Pappu Yadav, undergoing life imprisonment in the murder case,
on February 18 last year.
Challenging the High Court`s order, the investigating
agency pleaded before a bench, comprising Justices G S Singhvi
and Asok Kumar Ganguly, that the bail order be quashed.
The bench, however, refused to pass any order as
Justice Ganguly recused himself from hearing the case.
The Patna High Court had granted bail to the former RJD
Lok Sabha member from Madhepura who was undergoing the prison
for the murder of CPI-M MLA Sarkar over a decade ago.
Special CBI judge B M Srivastava had on February 14,
2008, pronounced Yadav, former independent MLA Rajan Tiwari
and Anil Yadav guilty and awarded them life terms.
Sarkar, a firebrand CPI-M MLA, who had a running feud
with Pappu Yadav over issues relating to farm labourers, along
with his driver Harendra Sharma and party worker Ashfaqur
Rehman, were gunned down at Subhas Nagar in Purnea town on
June 14, 1998.
Yadav was convicted under sections 302 (murder)
and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC for plotting the
murder of Sarkar which was executed by Rajan Tiwari and