Anti-Corruption Bureau arrests Local Court Judge in Bribery Case

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A Judge of a Local Court in Maharashtra’s Pune district was today arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with a bribery case, an official said.

The Official said that the Pune ACB had earlier arrested three persons, including a suspended policeman, in the case.

Seema Mehendale, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACB “Judicial magistrate (first class) Archana Jatkar surrendered before a special anti-corruption court in Pune after her anticipatory bail was rejected”.

According to the ACB, one of the accused in the case, Shubhavari Gaikwad, had sought ₹ 2.5 lakh from the complainant, who ran a dairy business, to help dismiss a case against him by managing the judge at Wadgaon Maval court.

The complainant approached the ACB & lodged a complaint, following which Shubhavari Gaikwad was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of ₹ 50,000 on Jan 13, the official said.

“During the investigation, two more people, including suspended police inspector Bhanudas Jadhav, were arrested,” Ms Mehendale said.

The Judge’s involvement came to light in the course of the probe, she said.

The Court while rejecting Archana Jatkar’s anticipatory bail, remanded her to ACB custody till April 5, the official said.

Public prosecutor Vilas Ghogare Patil said Additional Sessions Judge (special court) SR Navandar rejected Archana Jatkar’s plea by observing that the accused was a key person in the crime & the actions of the other accused depended on her moves & directions. 

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