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SC dismisses ex-MP`s bail plea

The Supreme Court today dismissed the bail plea of former Bihar Lok Sabha MP Anand Mohan facing life imprisonment in the murder case of Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed
the bail plea of former Bihar Lok Sabha MP Anand Mohan facing
life imprisonment in the murder case of Gopalganj district
magistrate G Krishnaiah.

A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A R Dave
rejected the plea of senior counsel K T S Tulsi that Mohan was
entitled to bail pending the hearing of his appeal against the
conviction.

The Patna High Court had in December 2008 commuted the
death sentence of Anand Mohan to life imprisonment and
acquitted six others in the sensational murder.

While commuting Mohan`s death sentence, the high court
had acquitted his wife Lovely Anand, also a former Lok Sabha
member, along with five others for lack of evidence. Former
minister Akhlaq Ahmed, former MLA Arun Kumar, MLA (JD-U) from
Lalganj Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla, Shashi Shekhar
and Harendra Kumar were acquitted.

Bihar government filed an appeal in the apex court
challenging the high court`s decision to commute the sentence
and the acquittal of six others.

Additional District and Sessions Judge R S Rai had on
October 3, 2007, awarded death sentence to Mohan, Ahmed and
Arun Kumar and life imprisonment to Lovely Anand, Munna
Shukla, Shashi Shekhar and Harendra Kumar.

Krishnaiah, the then district magistrate of Gopalganj,
was lynched by a mob accompanying the cortege of the now
virtually defunct Bihar Peoples Party (BPP) leader Chotan
Shukla on December 5, 1994. The officer was first beaten up
mercilessly and then shot.

Mohan, who was then the BPP chief, along with the
other accused, had allegedly incited the mob to kill
Krishnaiah near Khabra on the outskirts of north Bihar`s
Muzaffarpur town after the magistrate`s vehicle got trapped in
the funeral procession of Chotan Shukla, an underworld don
with political ambitions.

PTI

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