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Direction to probe both givers, takers in bribery cases

Holding that one who receives bribe alone cannot be punished and that a person who offers bribe, is also to be blamed, the Madras High Court has sought the Income Tax department to probe into the assets and liabilities of such offenders and ascertain their assets from which they have paid the bribe.

Direction to probe both givers, takers in bribery cases
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Justice S Vaidyanathan while rejecting the anticipatory bail plea of one of the three accused, who had received Rs 18 lakh in the promise of procuring an MBBS seat, said, “The police must ascertain as to how the de-facto complainant was able to part with a huge sum for getting a medical seat.” 

The judge, besides seeking the Income Tax department to put an end to this offence, also directed the registry to mark a copy of the order to the Commissioner of Income Tax, to enable him to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the case, to bring the culprits to book. As per the prosecution, A Anubakkya of Paruthipattu along with two others had allegedly received Rs 18 lakh from Selvi of Madhavaram, the de-facto complainant, by promising her that they would procure an MBBS seat. But nothing happened.

Following a complaint, of the three accused, one of them was arrested and remanded in judicial custody, while another had absconded. Now, apprehending arrest by the Manali police, Anubakkya has moved court seeking anticipatory bail. 

However, the judge declined her plea. 

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