Supreme Court to hear plea challenging premature release of Anand Mohan on May 8

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Today, the Supreme Court of India agreed to hear a petition on May 8, 2023, challenging the Bihar Government’s decision to grant pre-mature release to former Bihar MP Anand Mohan. He was accused of the mob lynching of Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah in 1994. The matter was presented before the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud by the Advocate Tanya Shree (Petitioner’s counsel) for urgent listing. CJI agreed to list the matter for hearing on May 8, 2023. The petition to be addressed by the top Court was filed by the widow of District Magistrate, Uma Krishnaiah. The District Magistrate was killed after an attack led by Mohan through a mob. As a result of this, Mohan was sentenced to life imprisonment whereas on 24th April he came out of jail after serving 14 years on the grounds of remission of a sentence given by the Bihar Government. According to the remission policy of Bihar state, a murder convict of an on-duty public servant was not eligible for premature release. This Bar was eliminated after amending the remission policy in April. Therefore, Uma Krishnaiah approached the Supreme Court challenging the circular issued on April 10 by the Bihar Home Department amending Rule 481(1)(a) of the Bihar Prison Manual 2012. She also challenged Anand Mohan’s premature release. Hearing all these issues, CJI ordered to list the matter for hearing on May 8.

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