Bribery offer made to me in land case, says Karnataka CJ

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skmjIn a shocking revelation on 5 July in an open court, Chief Justice of Karnataka Subhro Kamal Mukherjee said that he was bribed for reviewing a plea filed by Umrah Developers in land case against the Revenue Department and the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban district.

“This person, who spoke Bengali, walked into my house on 4 July. He offered a bribe for disposing the case listed as Serial No. 34,” Mukherjee quoted in court after Padmanabha V Mahale, senior counsel appeared in the court to argue the land case. He recused himself from hearing the case.

“Whatever I have revealed in the court hall is true,” he told reporters. Mukherjee also told reporters that recusal from case was action enough.

“My doors are always open. Anybody can come. But not this type. I don’t want to hear this case,” he further said.

His revelations shocked the advocates present in the court room and others.

Advocates’ Association of Bengaluru president HC Shivaramu called this “unfortunate” and said “immediate action must be taken against the said person and those behind him. Such interference in legal affairs would be controlled only if the person is suitably punished.”

AR Patil, chairperson, Karnataka State Bar Council said,” I don’t know whether the Chief Justice has filed a complaint with the police. But dubious visitors should not be allowed near judges.”

The case is about 1.2 acres of land which Revenue Department had auctioned in 2008 and was purchased by Umrah Developers for Rs 2.1 crore.