Twenty-three years after he was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank, R.K. Rajan alias Kalia Rajan was acquitted for lack of evidence and the prosecution’s failure to prove his involvement.
Rajan is currently serving life sentence in a murder case in Uttar Pradesh.
In 1987, three men, including Rajan, were booked for allegedly stealing Rs 2,200 from a bank at Tilak Nagar.
As the police in the charge sheet said that the accused are yet to be arrested, the trial never started.
In December 2009, Rajan filed an application in the sessions court saying he was shown as absconding in the case for 23 years, but he was “available” in the Uttar Pradesh jail. The court then directed the Crime Branch to bring Rajan to Mumbai.
Defence lawyer Jayesh Vithlani argued that the first information report simply mentioned the name, Rajan, but did not give any identification details. Later, the panch witness too turned hostile in court.