Offering to Bribe a Magistrate.
Mr. Das Gupta, third Presidency Magistrate [Calcutta], on Monday [April 15] delivered judgment in a case against Srilal Chamaria and Mimraj Bania, two rich and well-known Marwaris who were charged with having attempted to offer a bribe of Rs. 5,000 to Mr. A.T. Mukherji, late Fifth Presidency Magistrate of Calcutta through his bench clerk Mr. Karma Bhusan Bannerjee. The Magistrate, in the course of a lengthy judgment, found the first accused (Srilal) guilty under Sections 161 and 109 read with 116 I.P.C. and sentenced him to three months’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1000 or in default two months’ additional imprisonment. The second accused Mimraj who was convicted of aiding and abetting was sentenced to pay a fine of Rs. 1000. At the High Court on Monday afternoon, Mr. Jackson moved for bail on behalf of Srilal Chamaria before the Chief Justice and Mr. Justice Beachcroft.