Two clerks from the Registrar’s office of the Supreme Court and a broker have been arrested for accepting Rs 25,000 bribe in lieu of getting a four-year-old special leave petition listed.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday evening arrested three - upper division clerk C. Perumal and assistant clerk K.S. Badrinathan, and broker K.M. Singh who is a “law graduate”.
The trio, CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal told Hindustan Times, had just accepted Rs 25, 000 as the first instalment of the bribe of Rs 75,000 from the complainant near the court’s compound when the agency’s team nabbed them.
The complainant, who is an NRI doctor, had received a telephonic call last Thursday from one of the accused promising to get his four-year-old petition — against doctors whose alleged negligence led to his wife’s death — listed in a day for a bribe of Rs 75,000.
He can’t be named to protect his identity. The accused did manage to get the petition listed the next day in the weekly hearings schedule.
On Tuesday, a designated court remanded the trio to CBI custody for a day.
Later, during searches conducted at Perumal’s official residence located at Lodhi Colony, the CBI team seized cash worth Rs 1.67 lakh, gold jewellery worth Rs 6.25 lakh and documents linked to his two bank accounts.
“What I could not do in four years happened in a day. No sweat, no toil, it was effortless. It was all about money in the end,” the complainant rued while talking to HT.
“I had heard that money exchanged hands when getting early hearing dates but I was shocked to see it happen in a day’s time,” he added.
The complainant had challenged a Kolkata High Court order in Supreme Court in 2004 by submitting a petition but had been waiting till now to get it listed and heard.
He claimed, “I had made several petitions to various offices, including the Chief Justice of India asking for an early hearing but nothing happened.”
(with inputs from Sumit Saxena)