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Indian reports Nigerian judge to judicial regulatory body

world Updated: Aug 12, 2009 17:33 IST
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An Indian national in Nigeria has reported a Nigerian federal high court judge to the country's judicial ombudsman, accusing him of seeking a bribe in a case pending before him.

Satish Chander Kashyap, director of the company Shinning Star Nigeria Limited, has alleged that Justice Tijani Abubakar of the Lagos federal high court demanded 20 per cent of the recoverable amount from a claim pending before him.

Kashyap, who reported to the National Judicial Council (NJC) said, he was claiming more than N 300 million (Rs 93 million) from a joint venture, a case being heard by Abubakar.

In a petition, Chandra alleged that Abubakar through a proxy demanded 20 per cent of the 300 million Naira.

Kashyap wrote, "Sometime in 2006, I had a problem with my Indian Joint Venture Partner, AKS Steel Nigeria Limited, who later became the defendant in the suit... Pending before Justice Abubakar and I mentioned it to an old friend who took me to Justice Abubakar whom I never met before". He said that after hearing the details of the problem, Abubakar advised him to go to the court.

Kashyap said that the judge introduced him to lawyer Aite Okogie, who filed the proceedings and the case surprisingly came up for hearing in Justice Abubakar's court.