Delhi court grants bail to retired Orissa High Court judge in medical corruption case

Delhi: A local court on Wednesday granted bail to retired Orissa High Court judge IM Quddusi in a corruption case involving help to an Uttar Pradesh-based educational trust barred from admitting medical course students for two years.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

"I find it a fit case where no useful purpose will be served by permitting Quddusi to remain behind bars at this juncture," Special Court judge Manoj Jain said while granting bail to Quddusi.

One-week interim bail was also granted to a woman co-accused on humanitarian grounds.

The court directed the former judge to furnish a personal bond and surety bond of Rs one lakh, surrender his passport and not leave the country without permission, join investigation as and when called upon, and not contact the witnesses directly or indirectly.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) opposed the bail plea and told the court that he was not cooperating in the investigation.

The court observed that he has given his voice's sample voluntarily.

"The most clinching piece of evidence is already in the possession of the CBI in the shape of recorded conversation and, therefore, it is hard to believe that Quddusi would be in any position to tamper with the evidence", the court said.

The court said the investigation qua Quddusi was already over as the CBI had taken him in remand for four days.

The court also granted one-week interim bail to Bhawana Pandey on humanitarian grounds, observing her four-year-old son is suffering from autistic spectrum disorder and requires constant care and protection. The court asked her to furnish a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of the like amount.

The court directed her not to leave the city without permission and surrender her passport.

Quddusi, BP Yadav, Palash Yadav, Vishwanath Agrawala, and Ram Dev Saraswat were arrested on 20 September by the CBI on the charge of helping an educational trust that was barred from admitting medical course students for two years.

Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 15:37 PM

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