New Delhi: Almost after the passing of 37 years, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Delhi High Court to record afresh statement of Vikram, who is the fourth accused in Justice AN Ray attack case.

Vikram, who turned an approver, made a confessional statement that the attempt made on the life of Justice AN Ray was part of a larger conspiracy.

On March 20, 1975, two hand grenades were lobbed on the car in which the then Chief Justice of India AN Ray was travelling. However, Justice Ray escaped the bid on his life.

A year later, on October 26, 1976, a court convicted three persons in the case – Santosh Anand Avdhoot, Vasudevanand Avadhoot and Ranjan Dwivedi.

While Santosh Anand and Vasudevanand were awarded 7 years rigorous imprisonment, Ranjan was awarded 4 years imprisonment. Later, all the three convicts challenged their conviction in the Delhi High Court.

In 1978, Vikram, in a statement before the Danapur Police Superintendent retracted from his earlier statement alleging he was forced by the CBI to record the statement.

After 19 years, the convicts once again filed an application in the Delhi High Court seeking the concerned officials to record Vikarm’s statement once again. However, the High Court rejected their plea on the ground of delay inducing the convicts to move the Supreme Court in the same case.

Hearing the case, a bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai also directed the High Court to wind up the proceedings within four days.

(JPN/Bureau)