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Medical College Admission Scam: CJI Writes To President, Seeks Removal Of HC Judge, Says Report

An in-house committee of judges headed by the CJI had reportedly found him guilty of the charges and said he "disgraced the values of judicial life".

Medical College Admission Scam: CJI Writes To President, Seeks Removal Of HC Judge, Says Report
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Medical College Admission Scam: CJI Writes To President, Seeks Removal Of HC Judge, Says Report
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2018-01-31T10:30:51+05:30

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has written to the President to remove a sitting Allahabad High Court judge for his alleged role in the Medical College Admission scam, reported NDTV quoting sources. 

An in-house committee of judges headed by the CJI had reportedly found him guilty of the charges and said he "disgraced the values of judicial life".

Following an advise from the CJI, the chief justice of the Allahabad High Court withdrew all judicial work from Shukla after he was probed in the scam.  

Justice Shukla is alleged to have allowed a medical college in Uttar Pradesh to admit students for 2017-18 by making hand-written corrections on September 4, 2017, to his own bench’s order of September 1.

The high court’s revised order on September 4 came eight days after the apex court barred it from allowing the Lucknow-based GCRG Institute of Medical Science to admit students for the academic year 2017-18.

Citing sources, The Indian Express report said, Shukla was mentioned in a preliminary investigation conducted by the CBI last September. The investigation agency had sought CJI's permission to file an FIR against Justice Shukla. The evidence provided by the CBI to the CJI included transcripts of alleged telephone conversations between retired Odisha High Court judge I M Quddusi, middleman Vishwanath Agarwala and B P Yadav of the Prasad Education Trust.

The CBI had registered an FIR against Quddusi and five others in the alleged corruption case and carried out searches at eight places on September 20 but Justice Shukla's name was not mentioned in the list as the CJI had then refused permission.

Justice (retired) Ishrat Masroor Quddusi was booked on corruption charges, along with B P Yadav and Palash Yadav of the Prasad Educational Trust which runs a medical college in Lucknow, Biswanath Agrawala a middleman and two others -- Bhawana Pandey and Sudhir Giri, CBI spokesperson had inormed.

Justice (retired) Quddusi was a judge in the Orissa High Court between 2004 and 2010.

The case of 32 colleges is included in the in-house inquiry report. The colleges are were barred by the Union government from admitting students for medical courses for two academic years starting from 2017.

Subsequently, an MCI report revealed  the substandard infrastructural facilities and failure to meet the required criteria. However, some colleges were granted relief  by the apex court and the high court later.

(Inputs from agencies)

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