Supreme Court receives petition challenging premature release of former Bihar MP Anand Mohan in mob lynching case
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Bihar Government for granting premature release to former Bihar MP Anand Mohan in the case for the mob lynching of Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah in 1994.
A petition was filed by Uma Krishnaiah, who is the widow of District Magistrate G Krishnaiah, her husband was killed after an attack by a mob led by Mohan was sentenced to life imprisonment for the offence.
Mohan walked out of jail on April 24 after serving 14 years of imprisonment after remission of sentence was granted by the Bihar Government.
State of Bihar provisions says that person convicted for murder of public servants on duty is not eligible for premature release.
The plea states how provisions were not considered by amending the remission policy in April, paving the way for the release of Anand Mohan.
Uma Krishaniah moved Supreme Court filing a writ petition that challenged the circular issued by the Bihar Home Department (Prisons) on April 10 amending Rule 481(1)(a) of the Bihar Prison Manual, 2012, as per which persons convicted for murder of a public servant on duty are also eligible for remission.
She has also challenged the premature release of Anand Mohan.
The counsel of Petitioner mentioned the petition before Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud for urgent listing, upon which the CJI agreed to list it on May 8.
The petitioner argues that the relevant factors such as conduct of the prisoner in the jail, past criminal antecedents have been ignored.
It is further argued that the amendment of the state remission policy to facilitate Mohan’s release is contrary to public policy and would amount to demoralising public servants. It is argued that the policy which was prevalent at the time of the offence should be applied.