New Delhi : After hoodwinking the legal system for over 37 years, a murder convict is facing the proverbial long arm of law, after a charge sheet was filed against him by CBI for allegedly securing his release from a jail in Uttar Pradesh under “dubious” circumstances in 1979.

The bizarre case is of Krishna Dev Tiwari who was sentenced to life imprisonment by Allahabad High Court but was released from Basti prison in 1979 under mysterious circumstances.

Tiwari had claimed that he had served his term till 1996 but CBI, which probed the case on the orders of Supreme Court in 2015, found that he did not serve his full term and his version was found to be contradictory.     The CBI sources said in the charge sheet filed by the agency in Lucknow on July 29 his release from Basti Jail has been found “dubious”.

Based on the report from CBI, Supreme Court has now directed Tiwari and his brothers, Nand Kishore and Rama Nand, to surrender before the competent court by Monday to face trial in the case, reports PTI.

Tiwari along with his two brothers was convicted by a trial court under charges of murder and sentenced to undergo life imprisonment which was challenged by the accused before the Allahabad High Court. The High Court upheld the conviction of Krishna Dev while his brothers were acquitted from murder charges but were sentenced for six months under different sections of IPC on October 16, 1978.    Upon confirmation of sentence, Krishna Dev was moved from Basti prison to Varanasi Central Prison. He was moved back to Basti prison on December 4, 1978 and was released from there on January 1, 1979. It is alleged that Krishna Dev neither surrendered nor did he complete the sentence of life imprisonment awarded to him. The inquiry by Uttar Pradesh Police shows there are no records to indicate the circumstances under which Krishna Dev was released from Basti prison, the sources said, adding that even the court order or the name of judge, if at all, on the basis of which release was made is not in records. The inquiry by Additional Director General, and DIG Gorakhpur range said all that was recorded is that Krishna Dev was released on parole under the signatures of B N Srivastava, the then Superintendent of Jail and Hari Om Saxena—in-charge convict prisoner, they said.

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