New Delhi: A Delhi court began hearing final argument in the trial of 37-year-old murder case of former Railway Minister LN Mishra.

Beginning his argument in the court of Additional District Judge Vinod Goel, Special Public Prosecutor N K Sharma started detaling the history of Ananda Marga, three of whose members are facing trial in the case along with a lawyer.

Sharma told the court that Ananda Margis strived to form a parallel government of moralists.

Detailing the functioning of the outfit Ananda Marga, founded by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar in 1955, he added it was divided into two sections in which one was violent and the other was against violence.

The arguments in the case would continue on Thursday.

The case related to L N Mishra's assassination in a bomb blast at a function at Samastipur railway station in Bihar on January 3, 1975. Advocate Ranjan Dwivedi, who was 24 years old at that time, was named as an accused along with four Ananda Marga group members, one of whom has died.

Apart from Dwivedi and Santoshananda, two other accused in the case are Sudevananda Avadhuta and Gopalji.

The court, meanwhile, issued fresh bailable warrants for the third time for approver Vikram, who was earlier named as an accused in the case. Vikram has become untraceable.

The court also issued notice to his surety Chandra Prakash on all his addresses available in the court file and the CBI record.

The accused earlier had approached the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the trial against them in the murder case. The Apex Court had on August 17 dismissed their plea on the ground that the proceedings could not be quashed merely because they had not been concluded in the last 37 years.

The charge sheet in the case was filed on November 1, 1977, in a CBI court in Patna. In 1979, the case was shifted to Delhi after the then Attorney General had made a plea to the Apex Court.

All those chargesheeted in the Mishra murder case were also named as accused in an attempt to murder case related to the bid on life of Chief Justice of India A N Ray in Delhi.

Santoshananda Avadhuta and Sudevananda Avadhuta were made accused in the Justice Ray case on the basis of a confessional statement of Vikram who had turned an approver for CBI. While Santoshananda and Sudevananda were awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI), Dwivedi was sentenced to four years RI by the trial court in Justice Ray case.

The convicts have challenged their conviction on the ground that Vikram had retracted his confession.

(Agencies)

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