A Valsad district court in south Gujarat, on Wednesday, rejected the bail applications of two judges arrested in a corruption case.
The court also refused to grant any relief citing Gujarat High Court’s decision, which suspended the judges after initial inquiry suggested the judges were prima facie involved in corruption.
District judge N N Nayak rejected the bail application of Judicial magistrates (First Class) A D Acharya, last posted at Shihor, Bhavnagar district, and P D Inamdar, posted at Jamkhambaliya, Jamnagar district. Following a complaint from Valsad-based lawyer Jagat Patel the High Court ordered an inquiry which prima facie proved that the judges were involved in the corruption. The judges were suspended and eventually earlier last week they were arrested by the vigilance cell of HC.
Government lawyer Anil Tripathy said that while rejecting the bail, the district judge has held that the accused judges “disgraced the judiciary.” “We opposed the bail application on the ground that the accused judges can’t be treated like a regular accused as they were well aware of the law. They are experts of the law of the land and therefore, it was not expected of them to indulge in such offences.”
Tripathy said that it was unbecoming of a judicial officer and considering the finding of an inquiry by the order of HC it was well established that there is a prima facie case against the judges. He said that the court while rejecting the bail pleas considered these arguments.
The court also rejected anticipatory bail applications of two more accused- suspended bench clerk Balkrishna Prajapati and suspended government lawyer Bhaskar Rathod.
The two suspended judges, who are lodged at Valsad sub-jail, were caught in a spy camera fitted in their chambers while they were posted in Vapi FMFC court.
The recordings, both in audio and video format, revealed that they were found “negotiating” with lawyers and their clients.
After high court’s order they were booked various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and under sections 466 (forgery of record of courts), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 196 (use of false evidence) among others of Indian Penal Code (IPC).