Bribe allegations: Police launch probe against Kerala HC advocate 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kochi police have launched a probe against a high court advocate for allegedly taking bribe from a client in the name of paying the judge. Reportedly, the accused advocate was recently elected as an office bearer of the advocates association.

The probe, conducted by the Kochi city police commissioner, is based on a letter given by the high court registrar demanding action against the advocate.

Apparently, this is the first case in the state where the police have launched a probe against an advocate on the demand of the high court.

A special messenger had handed over the court registrar’s letter, seeking probe, to the DGP in Thiruvananthapuram last week. Following which, the DGP summoned the commissioner to Thiruvananthapuram and directed to launch the probe.

As per the allegation, the advocate had taken bribes from a client, who works in the film industry, in the name of paying a judge. Another high court advocate had also levelled the same allegation in a Facebook post.

Soon after the incident sparked a row, the high court vigilance registrar conducted a preliminary investigation following the direction of the chief justice.

The probe found the advocate prima facie guilty. Following this, a full court decided to leave the matter to the police. It is learnt that the court has also directed to release the probe details.

Although ‘Mathrubhumi’ contacted the state police chief for further details, he decided to comment later.

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