Sr civil Judge allegedly caught taking bribe; Sent to Judicial Remand

Senior civil judge arrested by CBI on charges of bribery

Published: 29th September 2016 08:31 PM

Last Updated: 30th September 2016 04:42 AM

NEW DELHI: A senior civil judge was arrested along with her husband by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday on charges of bribery in the national capital. She was arrested on allegations of receiving a bribe of Rs 4 lakhs from a lawyer, who was appointed as local commissioner in a case adjudicated by her. The lawyer Vishal Mehan who was giving bribe of Rs 4 lakhs was also arrested by the agency from the spot.

They were produced in a special court, which she was remanded to judicial custody and her husband and another accused Vikas Mehal, were remanded to two-day police custody for further probe.Rachna Tiwari Lakhanpal, a senior Senior Civil Judge at Tis Hazari court, was arrested on Wednesday night along with her husband Alok Lakhanpal, who is a practicing advocate, and another lawyer Vishal Mehan from Gulabi Bagh judicial complex, where the judge was residing. 

“The agency carried out searches at the judge’s residence and cash amounting to Rs 94 lakhs was seized along with two locker keys and other incrementing documents,” said CBI official R K Gaur. The officer further stated that Rs 60 lakh was recovered from the bedroom and the rest of the recovered from children’s bedroom. There were two witnesses, both government officials, present during the raid.

“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 as local commissioner for conducting an inspection of the disputed property and submitting his report,” said Gaur.

Mehan allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 2 lakhs for himself as well as Rs 20 lakhs for the said Judge for deciding the matter in favour of the complainant. The agency laid a trap where the bribe was to be allegedly paid by Mehan.

As the bribe was being allegedly paid, CBI teams swung into action and nabbed the lawyer while he was “receiving” a bribe of Rs 5 lakhs on behalf of the Judge, he said. During initial questioning, the Mehan said the sleuths that the money was allegedly meant for the judge.

The team then took the accused advocate to the residence of the judge where he allegedly handed over Rs 5 lakhs to the Judge while she gave Rs 1 lakh to the lawyer as his cut. “The alleged bribe money of Rs 5 lakhs was recovered by CBI,” said Gaur.




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