High Court Lawyer held for bribing CBI officials, granted bail

Lawyer held for bribing CBI officials, granted bail

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New Delhi, Apr 6 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court has granted bail to an Advocate, who was arrested in a case of bribery involving two Deputy Superintendents and an Inspector of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Delhi.

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar observed, “Petitioner is in judicial custody since January 19, 2020. He was remanded in police custody for eight days. Respondent CBI has conducted search of the office of the petitioner. All the incriminating evidence has been seized. Therefore, under the circumstances, the petitioner is admitted to bail”.

The FIR alleged that one of the DSPs received Rs 15 lakh twice through two advocates to extend favours to a Chandigarh-based company, against which a corruption case was being investigated by CBI.

The FIR was registered under Section 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy) of IPC read with Section 7 (Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act), 7A (Taking undue advantage to influence public servant by corrupt or illegal means), 8 (Offence relating to bribing of a public servant) and 12 (Punishment for abetment of offences) of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018.

The counsel for the petitioner argued that he is an advocate by profession, and has deep roots in the society and there is no apprehension of his tempering with the evidence or running away from justice.

The CBI counsel submitted that the petitioner, along with certain other accused, has compromised the integrity of the investigation of certain cases on extraneous pecuniary considerations. He further pointed out towards the petitioner’s non-cooperative behaviour and evasive replies during questioning.

The bench granted bail to the Advocate on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and restricted him from leaving Delhi without prior permission of the lower court. ILNS/SNG/RJ

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