Uma Devi, wife of former IAS officer G Krishnaiah. (Photo credit: ANI)
The Bihar government recently released gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan Singh from jail in a 30-year-old murder case.
Anand Mohan who was recently released from jail will be given an election ticket so that he can bring Rajput votes, said Uma Devi, wife of former IAS officer G Krishnaiah who was murdered by the former MP in 1994.
#WATCH | We are not happy, we feel it is wrong. There is caste politics in Bihar, he is a Rajput, so he will get Rajput votes and that is why he is being taken out (from jail), otherwise, what is the need of bringing a criminal. He will be given election ticket so that he can… pic.twitter.com/dfWgGZ5KEx
— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2023
The Bihar government recently released gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan Singh from jail in a 30-year-old murder case after the Bihar government’s amendment of the Bihar Prison Manual on April 10.
In its Bihar Prison Manual, published in 2012, the Bihar government eliminated the phrase “murder of a public servant on duty” from the list of circumstances in which an accused individual could not be released on bail.
Ananda who has been released on 15-day parole for his son’s wedding earlier said that he will return to jail after the wedding.
As per media reports, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav attended the engagement of the son of Mohan on Monday.
The Bihar government previously announced the release of 27 convicts, including Singh who was convicted in the 1994 murder of then Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah who belonged to Dalit community.
Singh, who was given the death penalty in 2007 by a lower court in Bihar, is accused of inciting the crowd that killed Krishnaiah.
Later in 2012, the Patna High Court reduced it to a life sentence, and the Supreme Court upheld that judgment.
The Bihar government previously removed the clause that prohibited a decrease in prison time for those convicted of killing a public official while they were performing their duties.
According to a statement from the state’s law department, the new rules only applied to criminals who had served a 14-year actual sentence or a 20-year sentence with remission.
“In light of the Bihar state sentence remission council meeting on April 20, the decision was taken for the release of prisoners having served actual sentence of 14 years or sentence of 20 years with remission,” the notification said.
Intense controversy has broken out in Bihar over the gangsters -turned-politicians release and the new rules.
Mayawati, the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has called the change in the laws “anti-Dalit.”
“The move by the Nitish government to prepare the release of Anand Mohan after changing rules in the case of the brutal murder of extremely honest IAS officer G Krishnaiah, who belonged to a poor Dalit family from Andhra Pradesh’s Mehboobnagar (now in Telangana), is being discussed for negative and anti-Dalit reasons in the whole country,” Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.
Insisting that Singh’s release will infuriate the Dalit community, Mayawati made an appeal to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to reconsider his decision.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell chief Amit Malviya also criticised the Bihar government.
“Bihar government had surreptitiously removed the ‘murderer of a government servant on duty’ category of prisoners by amending the Bihar Prison Manual, 2012, paving the way for release of don-turned-RJD politician Anand Mohan, who was serving life term for murder of G Krishnaiah, a Dalit IAS officer…” Malviya tweeted on Monday.
The Janata Dal (United) responded to Mayawati’s remarks and called her the BJP’s “B-team in UP”.
“The goal of the change in rules was to put the general public and special convicts on a uniform platform,” JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh said in a tweet.
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