Gilani v Sadiqq and others

Practice – Disclosure and inspection of documents. The claimant was granted permission, under CPR 31.22, to use documents disclosed by the defendants in the claimant's civil claim against them as evidence in separate criminal proceedings, namely a private prosecution, brought by the claimant, alleging fraud against the first and second defendants in respect of an alleged joint venture, and which arose out of some of the same matters that had given rise to the civil claim. The Chancery Division ruled, among other things, that the grant of permission would not cause any injustice to any of the defendants, in circumstances where there was considerable public importance in facilitating the effective prosecution of serious crimes such as fraud.

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