Mockery of justice: IAS lobby comes down heavily on Bihar govt

Central IAS Association condemns release of Anand Mohan Singh, who was convicted of brutal killing of former Gopalganj DM G Krishnaiah

NEW DELHI | Updated: 25 April, 2023 10:06 pm IST
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has been trying to woo Rajput community

The Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association on Tuesday came down heavily on the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government for its decision to release the killers of the late G Krishnaiah, including former Lok Sabha member Anand Mohan Singh.

Krishnaiah, then the District Magistrate of Bihar’s Gopalganj, was lynched to death in 1994 when he was on his way to Gopalganj.

A local court handed Singh a death sentence in October 2007 for instigating the crowd. However, in December 2008, the Patna high court commuted the sentence to life imprisonment.

Expressing “deep dismay at the decision of the state government of Bihar”, the Central IAS Association stated, “A convict of a charge of murder of a public servant on duty cannot be re-classified to a less heinous category. The amendment of an existing classification that leads to the release of the convicted killer of a public servant on duty is tantamount to a denial of justice.”

Letter from Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association

Terming the decision “a mockery of administration of justice”, the association stated, “Such dilution leads to impunity, erosion in the morale of public servants, undermines public order and makes a mockery of administration of justice.”

“We strongly request the state government of Bihar to reconsider its decision at the earliest,” the association said.

Singh’s release became apparent after the Bihar home department’s notification on April 10 to drop Rule 481(1)(a) of the Bihar Prison Manual 2012, which forbade the earlier release of one convicted of the murder of a public servant on duty.

The decision has set the tongue wagging in political circles as many see it as an attempt to woo the Rajput community, to which Singh belongs, as CM Kumar sets his sights on Delhi darbar.

Singh’s son, Chetan, is a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA from Sheohar. The RJD is the coalition partner of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United in Bihar.

Kumar’s support for the Singh family is also an open secret in Bihar politics. On Monday, Kumar and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav attended the engagement ceremony of Anand Junior.

The Bihar government’s decision also came amid calls from several Rajput politicians for the early release of Singh. Kumar has hinted that he “stands by his former colleague” on multiple occasions in the past.

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