CBI teams today carried out raids in Greater Kailash, Delhi residence of Justice (retired) Quddusi apart from Bhubaneswar and Lucknow.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a criminal conspiracy and corruption case against Retired Judge of the Odisha High Court Justice I M Quddusi and five private persons for allegedly conspiring to settle a Medical Council of India (MCI) debarment order against the private medical college.
CBI has alleged that Quddusi, with the assistance of some middlemen based in Delhi including a woman, not only legally guided functionaries of the Private Medical College but also had assured favourable settlement of their case in Supreme Court.
After registering a case, CBI teams on Wednesday carried out raids in Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Lucknow including Greater Kailash residence of Justice (retired) Quddusi.
Anti-Corruption agency raids created a furore in Odisha, as the CBI team went to house of the sitting Odisha HC justice. Orissa High Court Bar Association ceased work and condemned the CBI’s action against the sitting judge.
However, has CBI clarified that “there were no raids on any sitting judge”.
CBI Spokesperson has clarified that there was confusion because the address of the sitting judge in Bhubaneswar was same as official address of Quddusi before his retirement, and it hadn’t been changed in the records available with them.
“Team was immediately called back and no raid happened at the sitting judge’s house,” he further added .
Other than Justice Quddusi, CBI Official’s raided several other private persons and a hawala dealer from whom Rs one crore bribe was being collected to paying to the some government servants in Delhi for settling the matter.
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Prevention of Corruption Act,1988
CBI has booked Justice Quddusi under the Section 8, Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 which deals with taking gratification in order to influence the public servant, and Section 120, Indian Penal Code, Criminal Conspiracy, along with the GK based woman Bhawana Pandey, a Bhubaneswar based private person, Biswanatha Agrawala, both the suspected to be middlemen, B P Yadav and Palash Yadav, who run the Prasad Institute of Medical Science in Lucknow and another person Sudhir Giri.
CBI had received an information that Prasad Institute of Medical College was among the 46 colleges barred by Govt. from admitting the medical students for forthcoming one or two years because of the substandard facilities and the non-fulfilment of required criteria.