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20 years on, convict awaits trial

mumbai Updated: Dec 15, 2009 01:08 IST
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Twenty years after he allegedly robbed a bank in the city, a man serving a life sentence in an Uttar Pradesh jail for murder, will stand trial for the robbery.

R.K. Rajan alias Kalia Rajan, an alleged associate of the Chhota Rajan gang, asked a sessions court last week to expedite the trial against him, saying he has been shown as “absconding” in the case for the last 20 years despite the fact that he is available in the UP jail.

Three people were booked for allegedly robbing the bank at Tilak Nagar — they took away Rs 2,200 in cash.

Police in the chargesheet had said that all the accused are yet to be arrested, because of which the trial never began.

“Rajan filed an application because he just wanted to get this case over with,” said his lawyer Jayesh Vitlani. “The court then directed the Mumbai crime branch to bring Rajan to the city,” Vitlani said.

“Following this order, a team of two officials from the Mumbai police crime branch — Unit VI went to Uttar Pradesh last week to bring him back to Mumbai,” he added.

The court is likely to frame charges against him on Tuesday.

Rajan, currently lodged in Karpal Central Prison in Uttar Pradesh, has cases ranging from murder to robbery against him.

Serving a life term there for murder, he was recently sentenced to five years imprisonment for allegedly shooting a man identified only as Pal in 2002, in the premises of the Etawah district court.

In Maharashtra, he has been booked in murder cases in Thane and Mumbai, added Vitlani.