Tej Pratap is a Cabinet Minister in the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar. The court also issued a notice to controversial RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin.

The court also directed the Siwan SP to provide protection to the family of the journalist.  Shahabuddin, who was released on bail recently, was under the scanner of the Bihar Police, which was investigating the case till recently.

Earlier, Mohammad Kaif, the alleged sharpshooter of Shahabuddin, surrendered in a district court after evading arrest in the case of Rajdeo Ranjan's murder.

Kaif's photograph with state Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Shahabuddin had triggered a controversy. Ranjan was shot dead on May 13 in a busy market place near Station Road in Siwan district of Bihar.

He was the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi newspaper Hindustan.