Plea challenging former MP Anand Mohan's release from prison: Top Court asks Bihar govt to produce remission records

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The Supreme Court today also refused to entertain an intervention application filed in the case asking the intervenor not to politicise or bring caste into the issue. We will hear on law, the bench has said.

A division bench of the Supreme Court today directed the Bihar Government to provide the remission records of former MP Anand Mohan Singh, who's premature release has been challenged by murdered IAS Officer G. Krishnaiah's wife.

Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Krishnaiah's wife, told the court that the remission order was contrary to law and the Supreme Court itself had upheld Mohan's life sentence.

Hearing this, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala asked the State of Bihar to provide the complete remission records.

"List on a miscellaneous day in first week of August", the court added.

On May 9, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and JK Maheshwari had issued notice to the State of Bihar in the plea filed by Umadevi Krishnaiah.

G. Krishnaiah, the then District Magistrate of Gopalganj, Bihar was alleged to be brutally murdered by a mob in December 1994 at the behest of Mohan.

On December 5, 1994, Mohan being the then MLA and his wife namely Mrs. Lovely Anand being the then MP were leading a procession of one Chhotan Shukla and raising slogans to take revenge from the administration, for killing of the said Chhotan

It is Krishnaiah's wife's case that at Mohan's behest, the cavalcade of the Deceased was attacked near Khabra Village on the National Highway.

"The Convict being Respondent No. 4 continually exhorted the crowd to attack the deceased as he was the District Magistrate and a- person belonging to administration. At his behest of the Respondent No. 4/Convict the crowd attacked the ambassador bearing No. 777 carrying the Deceased and overturned it. Further, the Convict- Respondent No.4 exhorted one Bhutkun to kill the deceased .... Thereupon Bhutkun shot fires on the Deceased leading to fatal injuries to him", the Supreme Court has been told.

Notably, Mohan was awarded a death sentence by the sessions court in 2007 which was later altered to "rigorous imprisonment for life" by the Patna High Court in 2008. Furthermore, the Supreme Court in 2012 had confirmed the High Court's decision

Assailing the order granting remission to Anand, Krishnaiah's wife Umadevi has submitted that the impugned remission order is arbitrary, unreasonable and has been passed without taking into consideration the guidelines for pre-mature release of convicts issued by the Supreme Court in Laxman Naskar vs. Union of India; and has resulted in denial of justice to the family of the Deceased, violating their rights under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India, 1950.

Top Court has been further told that in order to facilitate Mohan's pre-mature release, the State of Bihar vide Notification dated April 10, 2023 amended Rule 481(i)(a) of the Bihar Prison Manual 2012 with retrospective effect from the date of notification of Bihar Prison Manual, 2012 (i.e.12.12.2012) by deleting the phrase “Or for murder of public servant on duty”.

"It is imperative to mention that the said amendment has been brought about only for the benefit of the Convict/ Respondent No. 4 as he is apparently the only convict to get benefit of this amendment as per the order dated April 24, 2023...", the plea adds.

Umadevi has also relied on Mohan's conduct reports from his time in prison to show that he was a unfit case for grant of remission. 

Case Title: Telugu Umadevi Krishnaiah vs. State of Bihar and Ors