A Delhi court has sentenced a man to rigorous imprisonment for four years after he was found guilty of stealing the judicial records of a case of domestic violence filed by his wife.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Tarun Yogesh found Dr Anil Kumar Thakur guilty under Section 380 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code, for the theft of judicial records from the record keeper’s (Ahlmad) room on the court premises.
The court also pulled up the convict for moving a plea to transfer the case from a Mahila court after stealing the judicial records.
Observing that the man’s act signifies a “perverted mind”, the court said he has “mislead the judicial system for his personal benefit”.
“Considering theft of judicial record from Ahlmad room, which resulted in obstruction of administration of justice coupled with the conduct of convict in approaching district and sessions Judge, south district, Saket, for seeking transfer of the case after commission of theft of judicial record on 20.12.2012, signifies his pervert mind and the extent to which he can go to mislead the judicial system for his personal benefit,” said the ACMM.
According to the prosecution, Thakur’s act was caught on CCTV cameras, and the footage showed him entering the record room empty-handed but leaving with some files and papers.
Though Thakur admitted that he had indeed visited the Ahlmad room, he claimed that he had done so to gather more details about the case against him.
The court observed that a “severe sentence” had to be imposed on the convict and directed that Thakur, who was out on bail, be taken into custody.