G. Krishnaiah (1957-1994) was an Indian Administrative Service officer of the Bihar cadre of 1985 batch. He was killed by mobs in Bihar in December 1994. In April 2023, the Bihar government amended the Bihar Police Jail Manual 2012 to release politician Anand Mohan Singh, who was convicted of Kerry’s murder in 2007. G. Krishnaiah made headlines in April 2023 after he was convicted by a court.
G. Krishnaiah was born on Friday, February 8, 1957, in Byrapuram village, Ananthapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India (age 37 years at the time of death). His zodiac sign is Aquarius. After completing his studies, Krishnaiya studied at the Maharani Adi Lakshmi Devamma (MALD) Government Degree College in Arts and Sciences, Gadwal, Telangana, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Botany with First Class Honors . Thereafter, he attended Osmania University, Hyderabad, where he obtained an MA in English Literature with a second class degree.
Height (approximately): 5′6″
Hair color: black
Eye color: dark brown
family and caste
G. Krishnaiah was born in Andhra Pradesh to a lower-middle-class Telugu-speaking family, belonging to the Dalit (Scheduled Caste) community.
Parents and siblings
His father G Seshanna was a porter. He died in 1991. His mother Venkamma (late) was a housewife. His brother’s name is Ayyanna Krishnaiah.
wife and children
His wife Uma Krishnaiah is a teacher. He married her in 1986 after completing his training at LBSNAA. His eldest daughter Niharika Krishnaiah is a banker. His youngest daughter Padma Krishnaiah is a software engineer.
When G. Krishnaiah started dating Uma, they were both studying at the Maharani Adi Lakshmi Devamma (MALD) Government Arts and Sciences Degree College in Gadwal.
G. Krishnaiah worked as a porter at a railway station in Andhra Pradesh along with his father to support his family. Despite the financial constraints he faced, he continued his education by working as a day laborer during the day and going to school at night. According to G. Krishnaiah, he paid for his education by himself and never asked for a penny from his parents. After completing his formal education, he started working as a clerk in a government office. Thereafter, he quit his job to pursue a career in journalism and worked in various local newspapers in Andhra Pradesh. Later, he left journalism and worked as an English lecturer at a university. While working as a teacher, G. Krishnaiah started preparing for the Civil Service Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). In 1985, he took the UPSC exam and passed it in the first try. Krishnaiya’s friends said in an interview that Krishnaiya chose the Bihar cadre because he was moved by the living conditions of people in backward areas and wanted to help them.
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G. Krishnaiah joined Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, Uttarakhand in 1985 and completed his administrative training there in 1987. His first job was in West Champaran as Assistant Collector. There, he assisted the state government in implementing a number of land reform bills. According to multiple sources, Krishnaiyya received life threats from the land mafia who opposed the commission of such acts. Despite obstruction from the Mafia, he worked to improve the lives of the poor and became a popular figure in West Champaran. Thereafter, he was posted to Nalanda district as Assistant Collector. Later, he was posted to Hazaribagh as sub-divisional magistrate (SDM). Thereafter, he went to Bettiah as a Magistrate (DM). On September 1, 1987, he was posted to the Land Revenue Management and District Administration as Assistant Collector. Later, he was promoted and became Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of the same department; he served till August 1, 1989. From August 1 to December 1, 1989, he served as Joint Secretary, Home Department, Government of Bihar. On December 1, 1989, he was appointed as Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC), Department of Land Revenue Management and District Administration, for a period till April 1, 1992.
From April 1, 1992 to December 1, 1994, he served as District Magistrate (DM) in the Department of Land Revenue Management and District Administration, Sahasa District. Later, Krishnaiya was transferred to Gopalganj as District Magistrate (DM).
On December 5, 1994, G. Krishnaiah was on his way from Hajipur to Gopalganj after attending a meeting when his vehicle was intercepted by goons near the Muzaffarpur highway. The mob, which was attending the funeral of Chottan Shukla, a feared gangster and member of the BPP, started pelting stones at Krishnaiya’s car and dragged the gunman out of the car. When Krishnaiya got out of his car to quell the rioters, he was dragged and beaten mercilessly by them. Krishanaiah was shot three times in the head by Chottan’s brother Bhutkun Shukla, an IAS officer. His driver Deepak narrated the harrowing incident in an interview, saying:
In 1994, a violent mob attacked us as we were returning from Hajipur after a conference. The mob first rescued Mr Krishnaiya’s bodyguard from the ambassador. I didn’t stop the car and tried to drive quickly through the crowd. But my husband asked me to stop the car because he wanted to save the remaining bodyguards. As soon as I parked the car, the mob attacked us. They beat me so badly that I became hard of hearing. That was the last time I saw Mr. G Krishnaiah. I managed to escape. After some time, when I came back, I saw my husband lying lifeless in the pit. Later we sent him to the hospital. “
as a result of
After Krishnaiya was killed, the Bihar government ordered the police to start investigating the matter, following which a case was registered against Anand Mohan Singh and his wife Lovely Anand. Later, the police produced a video evidence before the Patna magistrate court, in which Anand and Lovely can be seen inciting the crowd to riot against the then DM and SP of Muzaffarpur during Chotam Shukla’s funeral procession . On October 3, 2007, the district court delivered its verdict and sentenced Anand to death and sent him to Beur Central Jail from where he was later transferred to Bhagalpur Central Jail. In 2008, Anand appealed the district court’s verdict to the Patna High Court (PHC) and had his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment.
In 2012, Anand appealed to the Supreme Court, seeking a reduction in sentence; however, the Supreme Court rejected his request. In the same year, the Bihar government moved the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court judgment. The Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision and refused to overturn the lower court’s earlier decision. In April 2023, the Bihar Legislature made some amendments to the Bihar Police Jail Manual 2012, following which the state government’s legal department issued a notification to the jail authorities on April 24, 2023, informing them of the early release of Anand Anand Mohan Singh and 26 other prisoners. Prisoners serving life sentences in different jails in Bihar on April 27, 2023. The notice stated,
According to the Bihar Sentence Commutation Commission meeting on April 20, 2023, it was decided to release prisoners who had actually served 14 years or had their sentences reduced by 20 years. “
After the notification was issued, the Bihar government came under massive criticism from many politicians, including BSP supremo Mayawati, who said in a statement:
In my entire career, I have never experienced such a big change in the jail manual; this is unprecedented not only in Bihar but in India. I will challenge the amendment in the Patna High Court through a PIL and my lawyer is already drafting the petition. I tried to convince Ms. Uma Krishnaiah, the widow of G. Krishnaiah, to file a PIL against the amendment, but she was threatened by Anand Mohan’s gang and refused to come to Bihar. Anand Mohan should be returned to Sahasa jail. Any amendment should be in the public interest and not for any individual. He is not Nelson Mandela. Anand Mohan murdered a serving IAS officer in cold blood. To save the killer, Nitish Kumar is changing the rules of malice. It won’t hold up in court. “
Following the directive, the slain IAS officer’s wife Uma urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter. The IAS Association has also written to Nitish Kumar requesting him to stay on the order. The association said in a statement that it is in touch with G. Krishnaiah’s family to explore legal options to invalidate the Bihar government’s order. Uma said in an interview,
Nitish Kumar sets a terrible precedent by releasing a man convicted of murder. This would embolden criminals to attack government officials, knowing they could easily get out of jail. For just a few Rajput votes, he took decisions that had many ramifications for the common man. The Rajput community should consider this – whether they want a criminal like Anand Mohan to represent them politically. “
- After the death of G. Krishaniah, the Bihar government erected a statue in his memory at the Gopalganj Collection.
- Since his family had no money, G. Krishnaiah was sent to a community hostel as a child.
- G. Krishnaiah’s friend IPS officer Abhayanand said in an interview that Krishnaiah used to avoid eating with influential people as he thought eating at someone’s house would bind him to listen to them.
- G. Krishnaiah was fluent in many languages. He is fluent in Telugu, Hindi, English and Kannada.
- He has a keen interest in reading. According to his relatives, Krishnaiya’s room was filled with books.
- G. Krishnaiah was greatly inspired by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.