On May 8, the Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the Bihar government’s decision to grant Anand Mohan Singh, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of former Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah, an early release.
The widow of the deceased DM, Uma Krishnaiah, presented her petition to a bench presided over by the Chief Justice of India, D Y Chandrachud, who consented to list it for hearing.
She argued that the sentence implied that he would be imprisoned for the rest of his life and could not be mechanically interpreted to mean only 14 years. “Life imprisonment, when imposed as a substitute for the death penalty, must be carried out in strict accordance with the court’s directives and would be inapplicable to clemency,” the plea stated.
The commutation of his sentence was the result of an April 10 amendment to the 2012 Bihar Prison Manual, which removed a clause prohibiting commutation for those convicted of murdering a public servant on duty.
The policy of clemency in Bihar exempted those convicted of the homicide of public servants. In April of this year, however, the government of Nitish Kumar abolished the restriction through a rule change. Additionally, Uma Krishnaiah’s argument contested the amendment.
Last Thursday, Anand Mohan Singh was released from prison in Saharsa, Bihar. He was found guilty of instigating a mob that led a protest march in Vaishali against the murder of the bodybuilder Chhotan Shukla. G Krishnaiah crossed the route of the protest march and was lynched by the rioters.