October 03, 2007

After 13 years Ex-Bihar MP gets death for lynching IAS officer Krishnaiah



Anand Mohan Gets Death Sentence For IAS Officer's Lynching (Lead)

Wednesday 03rd of October 2007 Former Lok Sabha MP and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Anand Mohan Singh was Wednesday sentenced to death with two other politicians for the brutal 1994 lynching of an upright IAS officer while his ex-MP wife Lovely Anand was jailed for life for the same crime.

Thirteen years after a mob led by the husband-wife duo shot and then stoned to death a bleeding G. Krishnaiya, the Gopalganj district magistrate, on a national highway, a Patna court pronounced the much-awaited verdict.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Ramshreshta Rai awarded death sentence to Anand Mohan Singh, founder leader of the Bihar People's Party (BPP) who later joined Bihar's ruling JD-U, as well as former Bihar minister Akhlaq Ahmad, now a leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Arun Kumar, formerly with BPP.

The court also gave life imprisonment to four politicians, including former Lok Sabha MP Lovely Anand, a JD-U leader and wife of Anand Mohan, along with Munna Shukla, a JD-U legislator from Lalganj, and Shashi Shekhar Thakur and Harendra Kumar, who lost the last Lok Sabha election as a JD-U candidate.

The court found Anand Mohan Singh and the others guilty under Sections 302, 307, 147, and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

All the seven politicians were taken into custody and sent to Beur jail.

Krishnaiya, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, was shot at and then stoned by a mob near Khaabra village on National Highway 28 on Dec 5, 1994 when he was returning to Gopalganj from Hajipur via Muzaffarpur after attending an official meeting.

Krishnaiya was from a very poor family in Andhra Pradesh. His father used to be a labourer.

According to the police, Krishnaiya's vehicle was intercepted by a mob led by Anand Mohan Singh, then chief of BPP. His wife Lovely Anand, Munna Shukla and Akhlaq Ahmad were also part of the mob, which comprised mainly armed henchmen and supporters of Anand Mohan Singh.

The mob was protesting the killing of former BPP leader Kaushalendra Shukla alias Chhotan Shukla.

Krishnaiya, whose predecessor had also been killed by a bomb, was first shot. The officer began to bleed but did not die. Anand Mohan Singh's supporters then dragged him out of the vehicle and mercilessly stoned him to death.

The brutal killing of an IAS officer - watched by hundreds of people - instantly earned notoriety for Anand Mohan Singh although he was already a feared man in the region that he considered his bastion.

Anand Mohan Singh was arrested and jailed for the murder. But he contested the 1996 parliamentary election from prison - and won. He then secured bail to attend parliament. He was re-elected in 1998 but lost the 1999 election.

Anand Mohan Singh formed the Krantikari Samajwadi Sena in 1980 but lost the Lok Sabha election that year. He became a Janata Dal legislator in 1990.

The next year, he was accused of killing an independent candidate from Madhepura. He formed the BPP in 1993 but failed to win from any of the three assembly seats he contested in 1995.

But he entered the Lok Sabha in 1996 from Sheohar. He won the seat again in 1998 but lost to Anwarul Haque in 1999.

Anand Mohan Singh and Munna Shukla are facing several criminal cases, including those related to murder, attempt to murder, extortion and abduction, in various courts.

Anand Mohan Singh's name spelt terror in the Saharsa-Supaul belt while Shukla is feared in the Vaishali-Muzaffarpur belt of north Bihar.


'Don't write I was crying'4 Oct 2007, 0149 hrs IST,Arun Kumar,TNN


PATNA: Though convicted of murder, they looked cool — politicians in their usual hues, exchanging pleasantries with supporters, assembled in hordes on the court premises. Some of the supporters even passed on bottles of mineral water to them through the windows. Once the judge uttered "capital punishment," it was as if a bombshell had been dropped — a deafening silence engulfed the courtroom.

Then securitymen ran helter-skelter to gear themselves up for controlling the crowd. So did the convicted politicians' relatives and supporters with mobiles stuck to their ears, apparently in a hurry to inform others.

Anand Mohan's face was expressionless. Wearing a full-sleeved white shirt and white trousers, his trademark dress, the former MP, however, appeared totally different from the fiery politician, he was once famed as, who minced no words in berating his "enemies" like Lalu Prasad, the then CM or, for that matter, Saharsa's men in uniform. His wife Lovely Anand, in steel grey, gold-bordered saree, also remained poker-faced while coming out of the courtroom. "Don't write that I was crying," Mohan told reporters as he meekly waved to the crowd.

Awarded life term, Munna Shukla, in pyjama-kurta, was a picture in contrast. He also waved to the crowd, more vigorously than Mohan, and his grin appeared to betray the relief of having been spared from the gallows.

Elaborate security arrangements were in place at the Patna civil court campus, along the river Ganga. After the defence and prosecution counsel argued on the quantum of sentence in the first half of the day, the judge at 12.15 noon retired to his chamber saying he would deliver the order at 2.30 pm. Tongues wagged and the delay only added to the tension.

Arun Kumar Sinha was seen sermonising his young son. "These are testing times... Study hard and look after your mother," he told the son even as securitymen took Sinha and other convicts to the court verandah after the judge reserved his order.

As the judge resumed, an over-enthusiastic police officer asked all newsmen to vacate the court room. The newsmen almost cried for the judge's intervention, and he came to their rescue.



Fear grips netas facing trial
4 Oct 2007, 0109 hrs IST,Faizan Ahmad,TNN


PATNA: The court order awarding death and life imprisonment to Anand Mohan and Lovely Anand has sent shivers down the spines of many more politicians in Bihar against whom criminal cases are pending.

Some influential politicians, mainly MPs and MLAs, are facing trial and for some others verdicts could come any day. Those in the line of fire include MPs Prabhunath Singh (JD-U) and Surajbhan Singh (LJP), suspended JD(U) MLA Narendra Pandey alias Sunil Pandey and former MLA Rajan Tewary. Another MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of RJD is also in the queue. Bihar principal home secretary Afzal Amanullah said bureaucracy, across the board, welcomed the verdict.

Though people were sceptical of the "speedy trial campaign" launched by the state government, the court's order has restored the people's faith in the judicial system, he added.

"The government is keen that whosoever and howsoever powerful he/she may be, without any favour, will face the consequences, if convicted by the court," Amanullah told TOI on Wednesday.

He also asserted that the court trials would be further accelerated and all the SPs had been ordered to monitor at least ten major cases in their districts. "There may be many elements who are hoping to get some relief once this speedy trial process slows down. But they should note that this will not happen and government is committed to see the law-breakers being adequately punished," he said.

RJD strongman and Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin has been convicted and punished in four separate cases including life term in one of them. There is hardly any hope for him to come out of prison.

The trial of Prabhunath Singh, the vocal JD(U) MP from Maharajganj, is in the final stage and the verdict is awaited any day. The cases relate to abduction and murder. Against LJP MP Surajbhan Singh — an accused in over half-a-dozen criminal cases — the trial has already begun. Similarly, in the Brij Behari murder case, the hearing has been almost completed in the special CBI court and only some legal formalities need to be completed.

Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the RJD MP from Madhepura, and former MLA Rajan Tewary are the accused in the case. Wednesday's sentence is enough to make those politicians with pending criminal cases against them, a scared lot.

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