Thursday, May 19, 2011

Accused court official arrested in bribe case

AHMEDABAD: Assistant superintendent of metropolitan court, Jaikar Bhatt, who was accused of taking bribe, was arrested late on Tuesday night. Anti corruption bureau (ACB) officials picked up Bhatt from his residence and presented him in court on Wednesday. Court denied bail to Bhatt and he was later sent to Sabamarti Jail.

Jaikar is accused of demanding bribe from an accused in a case by promising to help him get a discharge. Jaikar's nephew, Hardik Bhatt, 20, was arrested on Friday, for accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 on behalf of the court officer. The complaint in this regard was filed by Bharat Bhatt, a resident of Paldi, with ACB police inspector KK Kamaria and DA Chauhan on Friday. Bharat told ACB officers that in 2007 he was accused in a complaint of financial irregularity. Based on this complaint, ACB officials in plain clothes along with government witnesses posed as customers as Bharat called up Jaikar. Jaikar said his nephew would come to take the money since he was busy in court.

Within moments Hardik arrived at the tea stall. When the marked money was being handed over to him by Bharat, ACB officials arrested Hardik.

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