Man serves life term by proxy

Tribune News Service

Nainital, October 11
In a shocking case that has come to light in Nainital, a convict in a murder case managed to get an acquaintance to impersonate him and serve a life sentence awarded to him 14 years ago.

It is a unique case of its kind that has shocked senior police officials and the legal fraternity. On the directions of a local court, a case in this regard has been registered at the Tallital police station.

According to officials, two persons, Raj Kumar and Faisal of the Sikota area of Muzaffarnagar, had been accused in a murder case that had been reported in the Kitcha area of Udham Singh Nagar (then Nainital district).

The duo was later released on bail while the hearing in the matter proceeded on. Three years later, both of them were awarded a life sentence in the case.

However, Raj Kumar managed to convince one Kiran Singh of Uttar Pradesh to go to jail in his place. He had promised Kiran that he would arrange for his release within a week. Both Faisal and Kiran spent the past 14 years in the Haridwar jail.

A few days ago the local court received a letter from Faisal in which he disclosed that the real convict, Raj Kumar, was roaming free while Kiran was serving his sentence.

Following this, the court ordered the police of the area concerned in Saharanpur to probe the allegations. When the police reached his village, Raj Kumar fled and surrendered himself in the court on Monday.

The police has registered a fresh case in the matter under various sections of the IPC.

According to police sources, they are likely to book the lawyer involved in presenting an impersonator in the matter in the court. It is also being investigated whether there were other persons involved in the crime. The police will also be looking into the aspect of why Faisal had remained quiet all these years and what made him write to the court a few days ago.

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