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(Nov 02, 2007) On October 1, 2007, the Additional Sessions Judge, Ram Krishna Rai, handed down a landmark judgment when he awarded a former member of the Parliament (M.P.), Anand Mohan, and a former member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the State of Bihar, Akhlaq Ahmed, sentences of death in a murder case. The case concerned the mob lynching of the then District Magistrate of Gopalgunj on December 5, 1994. The judge also punished two accomplices, awarding a death sentence to Arun Kumar, and a sentence of life in prison to Mohan's wife, former M.P. Lovely Anand. These defendants are political allies of the Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad. Life sentences were also given to sitting MLA Vijay Kumar Shukla, alias Munna Shukla; Shashi Shekhar; and Harendra Kumar.

The court held all seven defendants guilty under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. It is stated that the victim was lynched by a mob accompanying the cortege of a political leader, Chotan Shukla, on December 5, 1994, when they pulled him out of a car, beat him up, and then shot him. The judge acquitted 29 other persons accused in the case. (Ex-MP Anand Mohan Gets Death Sentence in DM Lynching Case, THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, Oct. 3, 2007.)

Author: Krishan Nehra More by this author
Topic: Capital punishment More on this topic
Jurisdiction: India More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 11/02/2007