Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against a former judge of the Allahabad and Orissa High Courts, Justice IM Quddusi. The FIR has been filed under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. The CBI case against Justice Quddusi and others relates to a UP-based private medical college, Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, which was among the medical institutes barred by the government from admitting new students because of shortcomings in infrastructure. The members of the Trust filed a petition in the Supreme Court, requesting Justice Quddusi and one Bhawana Pandey to get the matter “settled” through his contacts. These two in turn engaged one Biswanath Agrawala to do their bidding. Agrawala is said to have very close contact with “senior relevant public functionaries”, and demanded “huge gratification” for bribing public officials for the same.
The FIR reveals that Mr. B.P. Yadav, who manages affairs of the medical institute, got in touch with Mr. Quddusi and Ms. Pandey and “entered into criminal conspiracy for getting the matter settled”. Mr. Quddusi had allegedly advised Mr. Yadav to withdraw his challenge to the debarment from the Apex Court and approach the Allahabad High Court instead. The High Court had then granted an interim stay against the debarment. While the Medical Council of India has approached the Supreme Court against this order, Mr. Quddusi and Ms. Pandey have allegedly assured Mr. Yadav that they will “get the matter settled in the Apex Court through their contacts”. They have also allegedly engaged one Mr. Biswanath Agrawala, who claims “very close contact with senior relevant public functionaries” and has assured that he would get the matter “favorably settled”. The FIR claims that Mr. Agrawala has demanded a huge gratification in lieu of this.
Mistaken raiding of sitting HC Judge’s house: Orrisa High Court Bar Association alleged that CBI had mistakenly raided the residence of sitting Judge of the High Court, Justice C.R. Dash today. The Orissa High Court Bar Association has also decided to approach Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court Justice Vineet Saran to demand a judicial inquiry into the incident. Though the CBI acknowledged the mistake on Wednesday and denied trespassing the judge’s property, Odisha police reportedly booked a case against the CBI team under IPC sections 448 (house trespass), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) 511 (attempt to commit offences) and 34 (common intention).
Original FIR can be seen here (Click)