Novel ways of accepting bribes seen nowadays: Delhi High court

On Wednesday, it has been observed by the Delhi High Court that in recent cases involving bribery charges, people have adopted “novel ways” of accepting bribes where the tainted money was either asked to be put in a place or left somewhere.

The observation was made by the court made while hearing a petition filed by a Delhi Police officer challenging an order of a Special CBI Court framing charges of bribery against him.

The court stated that novel ways has been adopted to take bribery, instead of taking it outside nowadays people are asking to put money in this place or that place because they are started getting fearful.

The petitioner contended that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had neither brought on record any hand-washes, nor was it shown that there was a demand and acceptance of the money in question.

Further, the petitioner stated that money was kept in the room in his absence to which court said that how it is possible for anyone to walk in and keep money in police official’s file.

In the present case ingredients of Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was missing.

The Court allowed the counsel to file his written submissions and posted the hearing for September.

The CBI had received a complaint which alleged that the police official had demanded a bribe from a woman for dropping her and her husband’s names from a complaint being investigated by him and on February 22, 2020, the The Special CBI Court passed and order regarding the same.

Consequently, the bribery charges was framed against the accused, who pleaded not guilty and claimed trial on March 7, 2020.

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