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Bihar: Wife of DM Killed by Anand Mohan Wants him Back in Prison, Hopes for a Favourable SC Order

Early this week, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Bihar government, the Central government and Anand Mohan Singh in response to a petition challenging his release.

Patna: A day after gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan Singh, convicted and sentenced to life in the murder of Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah in Muzaffarpur on December 5, 1994, released last month, claimed that Krishnaiah's wife Uma Krishnaiah had become a victim of a political stunt and she has been used as a mask by some people to challenge his premature release in the Supreme Court, Uma Krishnaiah outrightly denied it.

"He (Singh) is a convicted criminal; he is free to say anything. He was jailed for killing my husband, and now my husband will never return. Unlike him, we have nothing to do with politics; this is a truth," Uma Krishnaiah told NewsClick from Hyderabad on Thursday. 

Uma Krishnaiah, 63, said she was not present at the site where her husband was mercilessly lynched, but various courts found Singh guilty and convicted him. 

"His history also speaks a lot as local Hindi media then described Singh as "Goonda turned politician"; these are not our words."

On Wednesday, Singh and his wife, Lovely Anand, both former MPs, urged Uma Krishnaiah to know the truth behind the murder of her husband.

They said that Uma Krishnaiah had become a victim of a political stunt. 

These words by Singh revealed that he is restless and desperate because local media is abuzz about whether he will be sent back to jail by the apex court given a petition challenging his premature release.

Early this week, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Bihar government, the Central government and Singh in response to a petition challenging his release.

"We have faith in SC; whatever the judgement, it will be acceptable. It is simple; neither will we gain anything nor loss anything. Nearly 29 years have passed since my husband was brutally killed in broad daylight, and a major part of my life was spent without him," Uma Krishnaiah, a chemistry teacher at a college in Hyderabad, said.

Uma Krishnaiah said SC's order would not be justice to her family alone but to all those serving IAS officers' families across the country.

"The killing of my husband destroyed our dream; justice is not possible for that.

Uma Krishnaiah admitted that it is her personal view that Singh should spend the rest of his life behind bars and he should breathe his last in jail.

She said her first and last concern was to bring up two minor daughters and their education after her husband was killed. Both have been fulfilling their father's dream and trying to give a good name to him.

Singh was formally released early morning on April 27 after the Mahagathbandhan government, led by Nitish Kumar, amended a clause in the 2012 Bihar Prison Manual that forbade jail term remission for people convicted of murdering a public servant on duty. This change in prison rules triggered controversy.

In 2007, the Patna high court sentenced Singh to death. The court pronounced the verdict 13 years after a mob led by the husband-wife duo of Singh and Lovely Anand shot at and then stoned to death Krishnaiah, the Gopalganj district magistrate, on a national highway near Muzaffarpur.

Later, the court converted the death sentence to a life term.

Krishnaiah, a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, belonged to a poor dalit family in Telangana.

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