'Why fear probe if innocent': Kerala HC rejects Saiby Jose's plea to quash FIR

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday rejected the plea filed by advocate Saiby Jose Kidangoor seeking to dismiss the FIR registered against him in the case of allegedly receiving money from clients in the name of bribing judges.

The court said the allegation of bribery was serious and asked to let the investigation go on. The truth of the matter should come out, it added. The high court said that it cannot currently interfere in Saibi’s demand to quash the FIR.

The special investigation team recently began a probe into the bribery allegation. Considering Saiby’s plea, Justice Kauser Edappagath asked why he was fearing the investigation if he is innocent in the case. The court also asked why he filed a petition to quash the FIR in such haste.

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The HC has sought an explanation in the matter from the police too.

Saiby had filed the plea alleging that there were no complainants and that the FIR was registered on the grounds of rumours. The petition also stated that no client had given a statement against the advocate. So, charges under the provisions of section 7(A) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code will not stand, it noted.

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