Medical admissions scam: CBI arrests retired Odisha high court judge

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NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested five persons, including a retired Odisha high court judge, for enabling private medical colleges to admit students to MBBS courses despite a Supreme Court order barring them from doing so.

The agency placed under arrest retired high court justice Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, a middleman Biswanath Agrawala, owners of private medical college – BP Yadav and Palash Yadav, and a hawala operator Ram Dev Saraswat in connection with the case. It had earlier booked them under charges of criminal conspiracy of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.

After registering an FIR against Quddusi and four other accused, the CBI had conducted raids at eight locations in Delhi, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

CBI sleuths recovered Rs 1.91 crore during the raids, including at Quddusi’s residence+ in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash.

Quddusi has been accused of not only legally guiding the functionaries of private medical college but also assured favourable settlement of their case in the Supreme Court.

The agency had received an information that Prasad Institute of Medical College was among 46 colleges barred by the government from admitting medical students for the forthcoming one or two years because of substandard facilities and non-fulfilment of the required criteria.

B P Yadav and Palash Yadav, who run the institute, had challenged the debarment in the Supreme Court earlier this year.

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