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“Why are you afraid? Face investigation, prove your innocence”: Kerala High Court to advocate Saiby Jose Kidangoor

Kidangoor, who was only recently elected as the president of the KHCAA has been embroiled in controversy since the allegations made against him by his fellow lawyers started gaining momentum on social media.

A lawyer put up a Facebook post in which he said that Kidangoor had been collecting large sums of money from some clients, including some celebrity clients, saying that he would use it to bribe several judges, including Justices A Muhamed MustaquePV KunhikrishnanZiyad Rahman AA.

Following the same, one of the judges Justice PV Kunhikrishnan, asked the High Court Registrar General to look into the allegations.

The Registrar General furnished an initial report that he sent to the Chief Justice who in turn directed the vigilance wing of the High Court to initiate an enquiry.

The vigilance wing’s probe found prima facie evidence that Kidangoor had taken money from his clients by saying that he would use it to bribe some judges.

The vigilance report was sent to the Kerala Police that in turn initiated its own investigation.

After conducting a preliminary enquiry over the last couple of weeks, the Ernakulam Central Police Station had registered a first information report (FIR) against Kindangoor on February 1.

Kidangoor has been charged under Section 420 (cheating and dishonesty inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code which is a cognisable and non-bailable offence.

He has also been charged under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act which deals with the offence of public servants taking gratification other than the legal remuneration in respect of an official act.

According to a press release from the State Police, the initial investigation has indicated that there is substance to the allegations against Kidangoor, leading to the registration of the FIR.

Just this Monday, the Bar Council of Kerala (BCK) initiated suo motu proceedings and issued a show cause notice to Kidangoor after an emergency meeting that it had convened.

Source: Barandbench

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