Three arrested for theft at lawyer's chamber

New Delhi: Police on Thursday claimed to have cracked a theft case at a lawyer's office in east Delhi with the arrest of three persons, including a "super thief" who has 30 cases against him in Mumbai and Delhi.

Ramji Lal (30), who the police describe as "super thief", tea vendor Sudhir Kumar (47) and Munesh Kumar Gupta (49), a clerk working with a lawyer, were recently arrested from various localities in East Delhi.

They were allegedly involved in the theft at lawyer R S Goswami's chamber in Kakardooma Courts. Police have recovered Rs 1.97 lakh and a car and a scooter purchased using stolen cash, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) K C Dwivedi said.

The lawyer had claimed that Rs 14.2 lakh was stolen from his chamber on February 23.

The arrests came following investigations suggesting that Lal could be involved in the case. Lal was caught first and his arrest led to Kumar and Gupta, who allegedly informed him about the amount kept in the lawyer's chamber.

"Lal even visited Goswami's office before executing the theft. Lal along with his associate Sunil committed the theft. As the main gate of chambers was closed, both of them climbed down through a pipe," Dwivedi said.

"They also did not take the licenced weapon of the lawyer which was kept in the locker. Lal told police that they deliberately did not take it as they felt it would become sensational and they might be tracked through the pistol," he said.

During questioning, Dwivedi claimed that Lal told the police he had committed several burglaries in Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Karnal, Ambala, Delhi and NCR. In 2006, he along with his associates committed burglary of several lakhs of rupees at Competent Automobiles.

Lal hails from Trilokpuri in west Delhi. Kumar is a tea vendor by profession and runs a tea shop on fourth floor of lawyer's chambers in Karkardooma court.

Gupta is a clerk by profession and worked in the court for last several years. He is a "bad character" of Shakarpur police station.