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(1960)

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  • A lawyer holds the eyewitness evidence to catch a killer, but the identified criminal is the lawyer's own mentor, prospective father-in-law, and also the judge who presides over the case.

  • A young lawyer accidentally witnesses his prospective father-in-law, a respected judge, murdering a moneylender. A burglar who stumbles across the body is then arrested for the murder and is put on trial before the judge's court, leaving the lawyer with a moral dilemma. Thus giving rise to more burden on the story and a series of events to unfold the future.

  • A young lawyer accidently witnesses his prospective father-in-law, a respected judge, murdering a moneylender. A burglar who stumbles across the body is then arrested for the murder and is put on trial before the judge's court, leaving the lawyer with a moral dilemma.

  • Kalidas is a killer arrested by the police for murder. He is up for trial in the Court of Judge Badri Prasad, and he pleads guilty. He also informs the Court that he has already been convicted of the same crime 10 years ago when the Courts sentenced him for killing the very same man who has died at his hands recently. The Court is shocked at this erroneous decision, which may well have led Kalidas to the gallows for a crime he did not commit. Justices Badri Prasad and Jha continue this discussion after the proceedings are over and both take a bet that one of them could get away with murder. Shortly thereafter, a money-lender named Dhaniram is killed. A man, Kaalia, is arrested by the police, is in custody and is accused of killing Dhaniram. But Kaalia claims that he only went to rob Dhaniram's house, and did not kill him. Advocate Kailash Khanna comes to the defense of Kalidas and enters a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Kailash is the prospective son--in-law of Judge Prasad as he is in love with his daughter, Meena. Throughout the proceedings, Kailash closely watches Judge Prasad as the Public Prosecutor goes on lay evidence upon evidence to prove that it was Kaalia who killed Dhaniram. Then when Khanna's turn comes, he points his finger accusingly at Prasad and accuses him of killing Dhaniram. There is furore in the Courtroom and subsequently in the media, as Prasad steps down and lets Jha take over the proceedings. Then there is a sudden turn of events when suddenly Kaalia informs the Court that it was he, and he alone that killed Dhaniram. It is now up to Khanna to decide to wean the truth out of this matter, or just accept the turn of events and carry on with this life.

  • All law is based on human evidence, and since human beings are what they are, their evidence cannot be infallible. Is it therefore justifiable to take the life of one man on the evidence of another? Judge Badri Prasad (Ashok Kumar) has a son, Vijay, and a daughter, Meena, who is engaged to a Public Prosecutor, Kailash Khanna (Rajendra Kumar). Being extravagant, Vijay gets into debt with Dhaniram, a vicious moneylender. Unable to tell his father, he goes to Meena and asks her to send Kailash to plead with Dhaniram, which she does. However, as Kailash arrives at the moneylender's house, he spots the Judge approaching; this being a delicate matter, he hides himself. But to his horror, he witnesses the Judge murdering Dhaniram - and to make matters worse, a petty thief who just happens to be around is arrested for the crime! Kailash, dumbfounded to see that the thief's trial takes place in Judge Prasad's court itself, decided to defend the innocent man. But now he is faced with the dilemma of trying to save the innocent thief's life; but at the same time knowing who the real murderer is, but being unable to expose him.


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