Court reserves order on bail plea of woman judge’s husband

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) A court here on Friday reserved its order on a bail plea of the lawyer husband of a senior judge and another lawyer arrested in a corruption case.

Senior Civil Judge Rachna Tiwari Lakhanpal, posted at the Tis Hazari courts, her lawyer husband Alok Lakhanpal and another lawyer Vishal Mehan were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on September 28.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal kept, for October 17, his order on the bail plea of both the lawyers, who are currently in judicial custody. The judge herself was granted bail on October 3.

As per the CBI, a complaint was received on September 27 that the judge had appointed Mehan as a local commissioner in a civil case she was adjudicating and had allegedly demanded a bribe.

A CBI team had first arrested Mehan while he was allegedly accepting the money from the complainant on behalf of Rachna Lakhanpal on the pretext of getting the court decision in his favour in a disputed property case.

During his questioning, Mehan allegedly said the money was meant to be handed over to her.

“Subsequently, Mehan handed over the bribe money to the judge at her residence. She kept Rs 4 lakh and gave back Rs 1 lakh to him just before a CBI team arrested her,” a CBI officer said after her arrest on September 28.

The agency said a raid was conducted at her Gulabi Bagh residence late September 28 night and Rs 94 lakh seized.

Her husband was arrested on charge of playing a crucial role in the bribery case.

–IANS

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