Former additional commissioner of police AK Jain and his chartered accountant Prasanna Lodha, who were convicted by the sessions court for accepting bribe from police inspector Sanjiv Kokil, were granted bail by the Bombay high court on Monday.
When Kokil was on night duty on May 21, 2000, DCP Sadanand Date, who was posted at an adjacent zone, found that a bar in Kokil's jurisdiction was open beyond the stipulated time. The DCP of the zone, Amitesh Kumar, had submitted a report against Kokil to then additional commissioner of police AK Jain for further action.
Prasanna Lodha then got in touch with Kokil on behalf of Jain and demanded Rs5 lakh as bribe, stating that Jain had decided to suspend him. Kokil approached the corruption Bureau (ACB) and filed a complaint against Lodha and Jain. They were caught while accepting Rs2,00,000 as bribe from Kokil and were arrested.
The sessions court had, on April 10, sentenced Jain and Lodha to five years' imprisonment and had asked them to pay Rs1.5 lakh each as penalty. The duo had, on Monday, challenged the order in the high court and also moved a bail application.
"We moved an appeal on grounds that the order passed by the judge is erroneous. The court has failed to consider that there was not enough evidence against Jain," said VN Shingnapurkar, Jain's lawyer.
Justice SC Dharmadhikari admitted their appeal and granted them bail. "Considering that the duo was on bail during their trial, the high court granted them bail," Shingapurkar said. The appeal will be heard next month.