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Barrister clerk ‘steals’ Rs 32 lakh

A clerk working for a Calcutta High Court barrister allegedly stole a bag containing Rs 32 lakh from his employer’s chamber while the latter was in Delhi for a case.

A complaint has been registered with Bhowanipore police station while the accused, Dipu Das, 32, is absconding.

“I was in Delhi and my wife had gone to her brother’s home on Wednesday when Dipu stole the cash from a cupboard in my chamber,” barrister Gautam Mitra told Metro after returning to the city on Thursday night.

Mitra’s wife found the cupboard door ajar when she returned home to 10 Mahendra Road in Bhowanipore on Wednesday night.

Mitra’s chamber is located on the ground floor of his three-storey house.

“The money was brought to the chamber from my office, adjacent to the high court, on Wednesday for some official work. Dipu, who had been working for me for over three years, was aware of this,” Mitra said.

Das, originally from East Midnapore, had been living in the Park Street area, said police.

“He did not go to that address in the Park Street area. His phone is switched off. However, we are trying to trace him,” said an officer of Bhowanipore police station.