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SC upholds life term conviction of former MP Anand Mohan Singh
The Supreme Court (SC) of India has upheld the life term of the former MP Anand Mohan Singh in the 1994 murder case of District Magistrate G Krishnaiah, Gopalganj, Bihar.

BELONGING TO Tomar Rajput clan and hailing from Pachgachhia village in Saharsa district of Bihar, Singh is said to have had a criminal background. He entered politics of Bihar as a member of the Janata Dal (United) initialy and later he founded his own party called Bihar People's Party (BPP).

A SC bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik dismissed the plea of Singh against his conviction and life imprisonment in the murder case of Krishnaiah. According to the police reports, Singh had exhorted his followers to lynch the upstart IAS officer Krishnaigh who was unarmed. Krishnaigh was beaten to death by the incited mob and was also shot at on December 5, 1994.

According to a blogger, on 5th December, 1994, G. Krishhnaiah came across the funeral procession of alleged gangster and a Bihar People's Party leader Chotan Shukla, brother of Vijay Kumar Shukla. A mob accompanying the cortege of Chotan Sukhla, ignored the pleas of G. Krishnaiah who kept on saying that he was the DM of Gopalganj and not of Muzaffarpur district, where Shukla was gunned down a day earlier. Later the mob attacked G Krishnaiah, pulled him out of the car, stoned and beat him up mercilessly and then someone shot at him. In the murder case 36 persons were framed, out of which the judge acquitted 29 giving them the benefit of doubt.

Singh was awarded death sentence under IPC Sections 302 and 109 by Additional District and Sessions Judge R S Rai had on October 3, 2007. The court also gave life imprisonment to four politicians, including former Lok Sabha MP Lovely Anand, a JD-U leader and wife of Singh, along with Munna Shukla, a legislator from Lalganj, and Shashi Shekhar Thakur and Harendra Kumar.

Singh moved the Patna High Court against the death penalty and it was commuted to life term. But, against it too, he moved the apex court which upheld Singh's life term in Krishnaigh's murder case.

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