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Court reserves order on bail plea of suspended judge's husband

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A special today reserved its order on the bail plea of the husband of a judicial officer, arrested in a graft case in which she was allegedly caught by while accepting bribe.

Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal fixed the matter for October 17 to pronounce the order on the bail application of accused Alok Lakhanpal, who sought the relief on the ground of parity with his wife Rachna Tiwari Lakhanpal who was a senior civil judge at the Tis Hazari here.

Besides Alok, the also heard arguments on the bail plea of co-accused and an advocate Vishal Mehan. Both Alok, a practicing lawyer, and Vishal are in judicial custody.

The opposed their applications saying they should not be released as they could influence the probe in the case.

The court had earlier granted bail to Rachna Tiwari Lakhanpal, who was suspended after her arrest, considering that there was nobody to look after her two minor kids as her husband was also under incarceration.

The judicial officer, her husband and Vishal were arrested by CBI on the night of September 28.

According to CBI, the judge and her husband were arrested while allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs four lakh from Vishal, who was appointed as local commissioner in a case adjudicated by her, at her residence.

CBI had claimed that during searches at the judge's residence, Rs 94 lakh case was seized by it along with two locker keys and other material.

"A case was registered under Prevention of Corruption Act against the advocate on a complaint alleging that in a matter being heard by a Senior Civil Judge (West), Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi, she had appointed him (Vishal) as local commissioner for conducting an inspection of the disputed property and submitting his report.

"The advocate (appointed as LC) allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs two lakh for himself as well as Rs 20 lakh for the said senior civil judge for deciding the matter in favour of the complainant," it had said.

CBI had said its teams laid a trap at the designated place where the bribe was to be allegedly paid by Vishal.

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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 16:42 IST