New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government over the premature release of gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan, who was convicted in the killing of IAS officer G Krishnaiah.
Convict Anand Mohan was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released last month due to some amendments in the Bihar Jail Rules brought in with the current dispensation.
The apex court came after the wife of slain IAS officer Uma Krishnaiah challenged the convict’s early release.
Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh IAS Association had objected to the release of Anand Mohan from Sahara jail, saying the state government’s move was “shocking”.
“If such an officer is attacked, it is an open challenge to the constitution and the concept and functioning of the state,” read the letter.
The Bihar government recently amended the jail rules, allowing the release of 27 convicts, including him. Anand Mohan was serving a life sentence in 1994 for the murder of the then District Magistrate of Gopalganj, G Krishnaiah.
The brutal killing of the slain IAS officer took place during the funeral procession of Muzaffarour gangster Chotan Shukla. The association said, “As an IAS officer, Sri Krishnaiah always took decisions in favor of the poor and the downtrodden. Even on the day he was brutally killed, he tried to protect his bodyguard from the crowd.”
29 years ago he received a life sentence for murdering DM
Anand Mohan was serving a life sentence for killing the then DM of Gopalganj G Krishnaiah in 1994. When Krishnaiah was killed, he was on his way to Gopalganj from Patna.
At the same time, gangster Chhotan Shukla was beaten to death by a mob near Muzaffarpur during his last rites.
Anand Mohan was sentenced to death by the trial court for inciting the mob to lynch Krishnaiah. However, in 2008, the Supreme Court changed it to life imprisonment.
He did not even get relief from the Supreme Court. Now the Bihar government has said that Anand Mohan has already served his 14-year sentence. He is paroled for good behavior.