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After 41-year court battle, man found not guilty of stealing Rs 20

Ismail Khan, a Gwalior resident was released on the order fo Judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Anil Kumar Namdeo after the former gave an undertaking to not to indulge in any kind of illegal activities in future.

Babulal complained that Ismail Khan had stolen Rs 20 from his pocket in 1978 while he was standing in a cue to purchase a bus ticket, according to a Hindustan Times report.

“I registered a case against Khan in 1978 and Khan was released on bail after a few months. He used to come for the court hearing but he stopped coming from 2004. A warrant was issued and he was arrested in April 2019. Khan was in jail for the past three months,” he told the daily.

“Khan doesn’t have any family and his financial condition is very poor. He didn’t have any money to file an application for his bail. Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) called both of us for hearing in Lok Adalat,” he added.

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