Two officials of the Supreme Court Registry were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly demanding a bribe to list a case early.
NRI Kunal Saha,who had waited in vain for about four years for his appeal against a High Court order to be heard by the apex court,was allegedly asked by two Registry employees to pay them Rs 75,000 as bribe. However,following a complaint from Saha,CBI arrested C Perumal and K S Badrinath before they could get hold of the money. Another suspect,K M Singh,was also taken for questioning.
Seeking their custody for further investigation and questioning,the CBI produced the two before Special Judge S P Gurg,who sent them in police custody till Wednesday. The CBI had sought police custody for two days to find out if other public servants were involved. Perumal is an Upper Division Clerk in the Registry and Badrinath works as an assistant-grade employee.
Saha had gone on an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar on February 6 seeking early hearing of his plea. CBI sources said the NRI had filed an appeal before the Supreme Court against a 2004 Calcutta High Court order acquitting some doctors of the charges of causing his wife Anuradhas death through their negligence in 1998. A trial court had convicted the doctors in 2002. The High Court,however,acquitted them in 2004.