Friday, May 13, 2011

Court official charged with accepting 20,000 bribe

AHMEDABAD: An assistant superintendent of metropolitan court, Jaikar Bhatt, has been accused of corruption by the anti corruption bureau (ACB) officials in the city. Jaikar, said ACB officials, is accused of demanding a 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. The matter was probed by the Ellisbridge police station officials who have also filed chargesheet against him.

"Usually, after this the case is committed for trial. According to Bharat, Jaikar called him to the court on Thursday and offered to get him a discharge for a bribe of Rs 1 lakh. The deal was set for Friday. Bharat had said that he shall pay Rs 20,000 in the first installment and the remaining will be paid after he gets a discharge. Jaikar too had a pre-condition, he asked Bharat not to come to the court but remain at a tea stall near the court campus and call him," said ACB officials.

Based on this complaint, ACB officials in plain clothes along with government witnesses posed as customers as Bharat called up Jaikar. ACB officials and the government witnesses were privy to the whole conversation through a speaker-phone. Jaikar said that 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 arrestsed Hardik.

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