In a major relief for daughter of a retired Bombay High Court judge,CBI told the court on Thursday it had not named her in the charge sheet in a bribery case she is alleged to be involved in.
In an FIR filed in October last year,the agency had alleged that Manisha,daughter of Justice (retd) S B Mhase,was involved in demanding a bribe of Rs 30 lakh from a litigant to obtain a favourable order from the state consumer redressal forum,of which Justice (retd) Mhase was then acting president. Sandeep Shinde,counsel for CBI,told the court it had named Sunil Shirole,a Pune lawyer who is alleged to have actually demanded the bribe,in the charge sheet filed on Wednesday.
In March this year,the agency had told the court samples part of the evidence against Manisha did not correspond to her voice but Shiroles recorded voice had been confirmed. Shinde told Newsline said,The main evidence against Manisha Mhase was the voice samples. Since the samples do not match her voice,she has not been made an accused.
Law student Shakeel Meer Khan had filed a PIL demandng prompt action in the case. He had also demanded that Justice (retd) Mhase step down as chairman of Maharashtra State Commission for Consumer Disputes Redressal.