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Murder convicts stole files to evade High Court verdict: CBI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has registered a case into alleged theft and destruction of records by two officials to help convicts trying to escape possible life term sentence from the High

The had taken over investigation into the case on the instructions of the High which had found that records of appeal challenging the life term given by Aligarh session to two accused - Basudev and Rajveer - over three decades back, were missing during hearing last year.

The High had last year ordered the agency to probe the matter after which it had registered a preliminary enquiry.

The preliminary enquiry is the first step to verify the allegations and whether further probe is required by registering a formal case also known as FIR.

During its preliminary enquiry, unravelled the alleged conspiracy hatched by some officials and sons of both the convicts to steal and destroy the files.

The theft was allegedly executed by two peons of the High with one of them, Dilip Kumar Chandel, being a distant relative of the convicts.

The enquiry found that when the appeal against the life term awarded by Aligarh sessions came for final hearing at the Division Bench of the High last year, it was apprehended by the sons of Basudev and Rajveer during discussion with Chandel that conviction might be upheld.

It said that Chandel took Rs 30,000 to steal the files which were being taken by pleaders for destruction.

The findings of the enquiry has been mentioned in the order of the High on the basis of which has now registered an FIR.

The agency has registered the FIR against Basudev and Rajveer, both convicts, their sons Subhash Chandra and Chandra Veer Singh respectively and peons Dilip Kumar Chandel and Narendra Kumar who aided in stealing the files.

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 20:58 IST