December 17, 2021:- Sources said that on December 13, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) has filed a charge sheet against former judge of Allahabad High Court Shri Narayan Shukla for accepting bribes for giving favourable orders for obstruction of admission in a private medical college.
A CBI official said regarding this charge-sheet, " The allegations as mentioned in the FIR have been corroborated through hard evidence." Apart from Shukla, former Chhattisgarh High Court Judge I M Quddusi and three other individuals have also been charged in the case.
The case relates to a 2017 case where the agency also arrested Quddusi. At the time of filling the case sitting judge Shukla was convicted along six others in an FIR filed on December 4, 2019.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had booked Justice Shukla with other accused in December 2019 under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Other than Quddusi, the agency has also named Bhagwan Prasad Yadav and Palash Yadav of the Prasad Education Trust, the trust itself and private persons Bhavna Pandey and Sudhir Giri. According to the CBI FIR, Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences was among the 46 colleges by the government in 2017 which prevented students from being admitted for two years due to lack of facilities. The FIR said, the college challenged the Supreme Court's order directing the government to reconsider the elements on the record. In addition to barring the college from admission for 2017-18 and 2018-19, the government also approved the Medical Council of India to cash a bank guarantee of Rs 2 crore for the college. When the promoters of the college went to the Supreme court with a petition, they also approached Justice Quddusi and Bhavan Pandey, who promised to settle the matter.
A conspiracy was allegedly hatched by BP Yadav, Quddusi, Pandey and Giri, the FIR said, " in order to obtain a favourable order from Justice Shri Narayan Shukla of High Court of Allahabad at Lucknow Bench by corrupt and illegal means. In furtherance of the said conspiracy, Quddusi engaged Shukla for managing the matter.”
There is an allegation that the promoters filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court on August 25, that year. In an interim relief, the High court that the applicant college will not be removed from the list of colleges advertised for counselling till the next day of enrolment i.e. 31st August, 2017. It has suspended the cashing of bank guarantee by the Medical Council of India till the next date of hearing. Quddusi and Yadav met Shukla at his Lucknow residence and allegedly gave "illegal gratification" on the morning of August 25.
Tiasha Sinha Ray
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