The Tokyo District Court has disposed of records related to a 1995 request for an order to dissolve Aum Shinrikyo after the cult committed a series of crimes, including a deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, an official has said.

As one of the few cases in Japan in which the court issued a dissolution order under the Religious Corporations Law, the disclosure is likely to boost calls for improved preservation of official records.

According to the court official, records pertaining to Aum Shinrikyo's dissolution order request, including the original copy of the decision made in favor, were destroyed on March 8, 2006.