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Wife of IAS officer G Krishnaiah moves Supreme Court against Anand Mohan's release

By LawStreet News Network      02 May, 2023 09:29 PM      0 Comments
Wife of IAS officer G Krishnaiah moves SC against Anand Mohan's release

NEW DELHI: The wife of IAS officer G Krishnaiah, who was lynched in 1994 by a mob led by former Bihar MP Anand Mohan, has approached the Supreme Court against premature release of the politician from prison.

Her plea contended the Bihar government has specially brought about an amendment on April 10, 2023 to the Bihar Prison Manual 2012 with retrospective effect, in order to ensure that the convict Mohan be granted benefit of remission.

"The said amendment of April 10, 2023 is against the notification of December 10, 2002 as well as against the public policy and has resulted in demoralisation of the Civil Servants in the State. Therefore, it suffers from the vice of malafide and is manifestly arbitrarily and is contrary to the idea of a welfare state," it said.

The plea filed by Uma Krishnaiah, the wife of G Krishnaiah, contended that life imprisonment, when awarded as a substitute for death penalty, has to be carried out strictly as directed by the court and it would be beyond the application of remission.

"In the present case, the convict is a politically influential person and has committed the murder of Krishnaiah a serving IAS Officer, while himself being an MLA. He enjoys political support and has several criminal cases pending against him," it stated.

The plea also claimed the grant of remission to Mohan is in contravention of the notification of December 10, 2002 which was applicable on the date of conviction i.e. On October 05, 2007.

"Therefore, order dated 24.04.2023 by the State of Bihar is violation of notification dated 10.12.2002 as well as in contravention of judgments of the apex court," it said.

The plea submitted that life imprisonment handed down to the gangster-turned- politician meant incarceration for his entire natural course of life as in his case, he was awarded death penalty on October 5, 2007 by the trial court which was commuted to rigorous life imprisonment by the Patna High Court on December 10, 2008 and confirmed by the Supreme Court on July 10, 2012.

Mohan was released from Saharsa jail on Thursday morning following an amendment in Bihar's prison rules.

Filing the writ petition, the wife of slain officer also pointed out the apex court has consistently held that the rules of remission applicable at the time of conviction must be considered for deciding the application of pre-mature release. Thus, the rules as applicable at the time of petitioner’s conviction in 2007 would be applicable for considering his application for remission.

Her plea also cited Rule 481(1)(c) of Bihar Prison Manual, 2012, which provided that convicts whose death sentence has been commuted to life sentence will be eligible for consideration of remission only after completion of 20 years of sentence.

"In the present case, Mohan was awarded death sentence by the Trial Court on 5.10.2007, which was later commuted to ‘rigorous imprisonment for life’ by the Patna High Court and has been confirmed by the apex court. That the convict Anand Mohan has served only 14 years of incarceration and therefore, he is not eligible to be considered for remission as per Rule 481 (1)(c) of the Bihar Prison Manual, 2012," it said.

On Friday evening, facing opposition fire over the release of Anand Mohan, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed that the decision was based on the Centre's 'Model Prison Manual 2016'.

While referring to a book he carried with him, he said, "This is a book on model prison manual 2016. Please go through it and tell me whether any provision says that if an IAS officer gets killed, the convict would have to stay in jail for his entire life?"

"There was no such law in any state of the country. Hence, we have removed it in Bihar. He (Anand Mohan) was serving a jail term for more than 15 years. In depth discussions preceded the decision. Since 2017, 22 meetings of remission (Parihar) have taken place in Bihar and 696 prisoners released. A number of inmates were released on my recommendation on Republic Day, Independence Day and birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi," he added.

He further asked if there is any difference of law required for common people and a government official? Though 27 inmates have been released, why is it that only one person's release is being opposed, he asked.

In 1994, Krishnaiah, who hailed from Telangana, was beaten to death by a mob when his vehicle tried to overtake the funeral procession of gangster Chhotan Shukla in Muzaffarpur district.

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