A Delhi court on Thursday issued summons against former acting chairperson of Company Law Board R. Vasudevan and five others for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.7 lakh for giving a favourable order in a case being presided over by him.

“I take cognizance of the charge-sheet. Let the accused be summoned on November 24, the next date of hearing,” Special CBI Judge A. S. Yadav said.

The probe agency had named Vasudevan, company secretary Manoj Kumar Banthia, Atul Maheswari, Harshvardhan Lodha, Vikas Shukla and Ankur Chawla as accused in the charge-sheet.

They have been charged under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Initially, three persons, including Vasudevan and Banthia, a company secretary of a vernacular daily, were named as accused in the FIR which was lodged on November 23, 2009. Later, names of the other three cropped up during the subsequent investigation. Vasudevan and Banthia are presently out on bail.

“The then member, Company Law Board, New Delhi, was caught red handed by the Central Bureau of Investigation while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.7 lakh from the company secretary at his official residence on November 23, 2009,” the agency had said. PTI

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