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Anand Mohan Singh’s premature release from jail: SC notice to Bihar govt, seeks its reply on Uma Krishnaiah’s plea

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New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Bihar Government and others, and asked them to file their respective replies, on hearing a plea filed by Uma Krishnaiah, the wife of slain IAS officer G Krishnaiah, challenging premature release of former Bihar Member of Parliament (MP), Anand Mohan Singh from jail.

“We will issue notice to Bihar government and seek their reply in this case,” a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Surya Kant and also comprising Justice J K Maheshwari said, and posted the matter for further hearing next week, once the Bihar government will file its submissions before the Apx Court.

The Apex Court issued notice to Bihar government after hearing the petition filed by Uma Krishnaiah, the wife of the deceased DM.

Uma has filed the petition before the Supreme Court, challenging the Bihar Govt’s decision to release prematurely the former Bihar MP Anand Mohan Singh, who was convicted to life imprisonment in the murder of her husband, Mr G Krishanaiah, in 1994, in the case.

Uma’s counsel, senior lawyer Siddhartha Luthra, appearing for Uma, told the Apex Court bench that this is that unfortunate matter.

Hearing this, the Top Court issued notice to Bihar Government and directed ot to file its reply in the petition filed by Uma.

The wife of slain Gopalganj District Magistrate, G. Krishnaiah, knocked the doors of the Supreme Court recently challenging the release of former Bihar Member of Parliament (MP), Anand Mohan Singh, who was convicted for the murder that took place in 1994, and was recently released from jail on Bihar Govt’s notification.

Anand Mohan, was convicted for murdering Krishanaiah in 1994, and was released after serving more than 14 years in jail, as the Bihar government recently in its notification ordered to release him from jail.

Uma Krishnaiah in her petition said that the Bihar Govt’s notification to release Anand Mohan was “not a good decision”.

“It is submitted that it is well-settled principle of law that Imprisonment for life means full natural course of Life and cannot be mechanically interpreted to be 14 years. It means that imprisonment for life lasts until the last breath,” Uma’s petition said.

“That it is settled law that the sentence of imprisonment for life given to a convict as a substitute for the death sentence must be viewed differently and segregated from the ordinary life imprisonment given as the sentence of first choice,” the petiton of Uma, filed before the Supreme Court said.

Anand Mohan, one of the convicts in 1994 murder case of then Gopalganj DM G. Krishnaiah, was released from Saharsha jail recently, following change in Bihar prison rules.

The former Lok Sabha Parliamentarian, Anand Singh, now 75, was convicted in the 1994 murder of Gopalganj DM, G Krishnaiah.

Krishanaiah, a 1985 batch IAS officer, was only 37-year-old, when he was killed in Muzaffarpur, Bihar in 1994, by the mob led by a few politicians, including Anand Singh.

Anand Singh was sentenced to death in 2007, by the Patna High Court. The sentence was, however, reduced to rigorous life imprisonment in 2008 by the Supreme Court.

In the year 2012, Anand Mohan Singh appealed to the Supreme Court to reduce the sentence, which was rejected by the court. Since then he is lodged in jail.

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