Kochi, Jan 30 (PTI) The Kerala Bar Council on Monday sought an explanation from a leading lawyer in the State, who is, presently, facing allegations of having tried to settle cases at the High Court by bribing judges.
Chairperson of the Council K N Anilkumar said the decision to seek the explanation was taken following steps taken in connection with the issue by the High Court and a letter received from the Union Law Ministry for action in the matter.
Anilkumar said the decision was taken at an urgent meeting of the Council this evening.
On January 19, the Union Law Ministry forwarded to the Kerala Bar Council a complaint received by it against the lawyer Saiby Jose Kidangoor who is also an officer-bearer of the Kerala High Court Advocates Association.
The letter received by the Council on January 27 states that it was being forwarded for "necessary action at your end" and to communicate the action taken to the complainant.
A section of lawyers has been alleging that the advocate has been collecting lakhs of rupees from his clients claiming that they were kickbacks to certain higher judicial officers.
Anilkumar said the vigilance wing of the Kerala High Court has already inquired into the matter and submitted a report before the Full Court. PTI HMP NVG NVG