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Delhi-based Man Acquitted in Alleged Extortion Case Involving Bombay High Court Order

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Published on: November 23, 2023 at 03:00 IST

A Delhi man, Faraz Sultan Khan, has been acquitted by a Special CBI Court in Mumbai in a case where he was accused of demanding ₹30 lakh from journalist Ketan Tirodkar for influencing a favourable order from the Bombay High Court.

Special Judge MR Purwar cited lack of corroboration in the testimony of Tirodkar and expressed doubts about the genuineness of the recorded conversation where the accused allegedly made the demand.

The court stated, “There is no corroboration to the testimony of complainant (journalist Ketan Tirodkar) and thus, I am not inclined to accept his uncorroborated version as his evidence is not inspiring confidence.”

The case arose when Tirodkar faced charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), and Khan, claiming to have judicial connections, allegedly sought a bribe for arranging legal representation.

The court found serious lapses in the investigation and concluded that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.