The Gujarat High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on petitions moved by senior lawyer B M Mangukia and his client, seeking quashing of an FIR lodged against them for “fraudulently” obtaining online income tax data of the client’s husband.
Justice Paresh Upadhyay reserved the verdict following the conclusion of the hearing. The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), which is investigating the case, has alleged that Mangukia while handling a divorce case obtained data of his client’s husband from the Income Tax website.
Mangukia’s lawyer refuted the allegation and sought quashing of the FIR. Public prosecutor Mitesh Amin argued before the court that the password of the complainant was fraudulently obtained by the accused and confidential data, which is supposed to be in the possession of complainant and the Income tax officers, were obtained. These documents were allegedly used in the divorce plea.
Amin argued that prima facie it has been established that data were obtained from one of the computers of Mangukia’s office. He said that Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer used in the fraud has already been identified. He said that the question of quashing doesn’t arise at this stage as the investigation has yet not completed.
Mangukia got embroiled in a controversy last year when he filed a habeas corpus petition in the Gujarat High Court for Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel. The petition, which alleged kidnapping of Hardik by police, turned out to be false and the court had criticised Mangukia for taking the court for a ride.