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Kochi: The High Court's Registrar (Vigilance) will probe into complaints of alleged "procedural lapses" against Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offences) N V Raju, while hearing the solar panel scam case.

The administrative order in this regard was issued on complaints from A Jayashankar, General Secretary of the Indian Association of Lawyers, Kerala, and BJP General Secretary, K Surendran seeking disciplinary action against the magistrate and to suspend him immediately.

According to the complainants, despite her plea, the Magistrate had refused to record the confidential statement of solar panel scam accused Saritha S Nair after hearing her for about 20 minutes when she was produced in the court on July 20 and had instead asked to make a written complaint and hand it to the superintendent of the Attakulangara jail where she is lodged.

The complainants alleged that if disciplinary action was not taken against him "there was every chance of him tampering with the evidence available and influence the court and others who were eyewitness" in the case.

The sanctity of the Judicial Magistrate office has been 'totally lost' and majesty of law has 'deliberately been lowered', the association had stated.

PTI

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