The Patna High Court on Wednesday upheld the life imprisonment awarded to former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin by a Bihar district court for giving an acid bath to two brothers and murdering them 13 years ago, a lawyer said.

The High Court also rejected Shahabuddin’s plea challenging the sentence awarded by the Siwan District Court on December 11, 2015.

Shahabuddin and three others were sentenced to life imprisonment by Additional District Judge of Siwan Special Court Ajay Kumar Srivastava in 2015.

Justice Srivastava had termed it as the “rarest of rare case”. The criminal-turned-politician, who was a Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, was convicted on charges of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.

According to the police chargesheet, the victims were kidnapped at Shahabuddin’s behest and drenched in acid before being murdered.

Shahabuddin is currently lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi.