Ex-Minister Rasheed Masood, 11 others convicted in MBBS admission case

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New Delhi, September 19, 2013

Former Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Rasheed Masood and 11 others were convicted in a case relating to fraudulently making nomination letters in favour of students known to them for obtaining admission to MBBS and BDS courses in varius colleges.
The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Mr J P S Malik, held Mr Masood and the others, including Mr Gurdial Singh, a retired IPS officer and then Resident Commissioner of Tripura, and Mr Amal Kumar Roy, a retired IAS officer and then Secretary to the Chief Minister of Tripura guilty in the case.
The nine others are private individuals: Geeta Banik; Bipul Kanti Rakshit; Sonia; Sachidanand Dwivedi; Kumari Kirti; Hemant Saluja; Giti Puri; Roopa Ghosh and Udai Shankar Sharma.
They were convicted for offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and criminal misconduct.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered the case on the directions of the Agartala bench of the Guwahati High Court, vide its order of February 1, 1996.
It was alleged that the public servants misused their official position on behalf of the Government of India and the Tripura government to fraudulently make nomination letters in favour of students acquainted or known to them for obtaining admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in various colleges situated all over India during the period 1989-1990 out of the quota allotted for students from Tripura.
According to the CBI, these public servants were not authorized to nominate any students for any MBBS/ BDS admissions. The students who benefitted from these fraudulent nominations were also ineligible for admissions—they were neither in the merit list as per the entrance examination nor were they permanent residents of Tripura.
Investigation was conducted in different parts of the country, including Delhi, Tripura, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Puducherry. More than one hundred witnesses and voluminous records were seized to build up the case against the accused persons.
The CBI had, at the end of its investigation, filed chargesheets against the 12 accused persons under sections 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with sections 420, 468 and 471 of IPC and under section 13 (2) red with section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The trial court found the 12 accused persons guilty and convicted them and adjourned the matter to October 1 for awarding sentences to the accused.
Mr Masood, who was a minister in the then V P Singh government, is now a Congress member of the Rajya Sabha.

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