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HC judge’s name included in FIR
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
In a major development the CBI today added the name of a Punjab and High Court judge and the SSP, Jalandhar, after getting directions from the Union Home Ministry, in the corruption case involving the suspended Jalandhar District and Sessions Judge, R.M. Gupta and the UT Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj.

It is learnt that the name of the High Court judge and the SSP were included in the first information report (FIRs) late this night on the basis of evidence procured by the investigating agency in the past few days.

Sources in the CBI in Delhi, revealed that the directions to involve the two senior officials had come from the Union Home Ministry. The CBI had enough documentary evidence and audio recordings to establish the link of the High Court judge and the SSP with the two suspended judicial officers.

The sources said the CBI was likely to procure arrest warrants against the SSP.

After obtaining a non-bailable warrant against the absconding Judicial Magistrate, S.S. Bhardwaj, from UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, teams of the CBI set up nakas at a number of places in the city and in Himachal Pradesh, in search of Bhardwaj. Sources said the CBI sleuths were keeping a close watch at the Sector 18 residence of an advocate son of a senior judicial officer — who role in harbouring the absconding judicial officer is under scrutiny.

A watch was also being kept at the house of a lawyer in Sector 15. The CBI has information that the absconding Judicial Magistrate could turn up at the one of the houses of his sympathisers in Chandigarh.

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