Slain IAS officer’s wife challenges Anand Mohan’s release in SC

New Delhi: Days after gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan came out of jail after the Bihar government remitted his sentence in the murder case of IAS officer G Krishnagar, wife of the slain bureaucrat moved the Supreme Court challenging the controversial decision.

Anand Mohan was re- leased on April 27 after spending 15 years nine months and 25 days in jail. In order to pave his release, the state government amended Rule 481 (1-a) of the Bihar Prison Manual, 2012, which said anyone sentenced for the murder of a ‘government savant on duty’ was not eligible for remission.

Uma Krishnagar has con- tended that the sentence of life imprisonment awarded to the gangster-turned-politician meant incarceration for his entire natural course of life and it cannot be me- chemically interpreted to last just 14 years in cases in which death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment.

Slain IAS officer’s wife challenges

“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 imprison- mint given as the sentence of first choice… Life imprisonment, when awarded as a substitute for death penalty, has to be carried out strictly as directed by the court and would be beyond application of remission,” she said in her petition.

Krishnagar, a 1984-batch IAS officer who hailed from Mahbubnagar in Telangana, was lynched by a mob on 5 December, 1994.

In 2007, a court had convicted Anand Mohan and awarded him the death penalty but the Patna High Court had commuted his capital punishment to life imprisonment.

The state government’s decision to amend the law to allow remission of sentence has stirred political controversy in the state.

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