A day before the bypolls in Bihar, the Grand Alliance government released murder convict former member of parliament and founder of Bihar Peoples Party, Anand Mohan, on a 15-day parole on Wednesday.
Sources privy to the developments said that the decision was taken keeping in mind the by-election in Gopalganj and Mokama, especially in Gopalganj where deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav’s maternal uncle Sadhu Yadav could damage the prospects of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
The order for Mohan’s release was issued by Inspector General (Prisons) based on his application to visit his ailing mother. He will remain out of jail till November 15.
Former MP Anand Mohan was let out on parole for 15 days from Saharsa jail, today. He's serving a life-term imprisonment in 1994 murder case of DM G. Krishanaih.
— The New Indian (@TheNewIndian_in) November 2, 2022
Lodged in Saharsa jail, Mohan is serving a life sentence in the murder case of Gopalganj’s district magistrate G Krishnayya, a Dalit. He was lynched and shot dead by a mob near Khabra village in 1994. He was only 35 years old.
Prior to the commutation of his death penalty by the Patna High Court in 2008, Anand Mohan held the dishonour of being the first politician in independent India to be awarded the death penalty.
Former MP Lovely Anand, wife of Anand Mohan and their son Chetan Anand are active in Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Chetan is currently an MLA, representing the Sheohar constituency in the Bihar Legislative Assembly.
He belongs to the Rajput community which commands huge influence over a large vote share in Saharsa, Gopalganj, Madhepura and other districts of North Bihar.
Sources said that the RJD demanded his release ahead of the Gopalganj and Mokama by-elections.
On Tuesday, BJP leader Sushil Modi criticised chief minister Nitish Kumar for supporting the RJD, which he accused of encouraging workers accused in serious criminal cases. “Kutte ki poonch kabhi seedhi nahi hoti”, said BJP leader Sushil Modi attacking RJD for their inglorious criminal record.
In Gopalganj, Sadhu Yadav’s wife Indira Yadav, RJD candidate Mohan Prasad Gupta and BJP candidate Kusum Devi are in the fray.
Voting for the Gopalganj assembly seat and Mokama assembly seat will be held on Thursday and the results will be declared on November 6.