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HC quashes FIR against CBI lawyer in bribery case

Rapping the CBI for arresting its own counsel in a bribery case without an iota of evidence, the Bombay High Court has quashed the FIR lodged against the lawyer for criminal conspiracy and corruption.

On March 6, 2012, the CBI's Anti-Corruption Bureau had arrested Mandar Goswami, when he was the agency's counsel, along with former MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and his son Kailash, for allegedly accepting bribe from the Gidwanis to weaken the charges levelled against them in the Adarsh society scam.

The CBI claimed to have stumbled upon the case with the arrest of tax consultant J K Jagiasi, who had allegedly asked an Air India official, accused in a CBI case, to pay Rs 50 lakh bribe for dilution of charges levelled against him.

The AI official approached the CBI and a trap was laid after which Jagiasi was arrested on February 20, 2012. During interrogation, Jagiasi revealed that he had approached other accused also, including Gidwani.

The CBI in its charge sheet claimed that Jagiasi entered into a criminal conspiracy with Goswami, who represented CBI in several cases, including the Adarsh scam in High Court, for diluting the case.

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