CBI gets approval to prosecute retired judge of Allahabad High Court in corruption case

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New Delhi, 26 November

The CBI has got sanction to prosecute retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice SN Shukla in a corruption case for allegedly favoring a private medical college in his orders, officials said.

He said that on April 16, the CBI had sought permission from the High Court to prosecute the retired judge under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

With the High Court now giving its nod, the CBI may proceed with the charge sheet against the retired judge.

Apart from Justice Shukla of Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court, the agency had also named retired Chhattisgarh High Court judge IM Quddusi, Bhagwan Prasad Yadav and Palash Yadav of Prasad Education Trust, Trust and two others Bhavna Pandey and Sudhir Giri. In the FIR, he said.

A case was registered against the accused under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Officials said that in order to obtain a favorable order, an accused named in the FIR was allegedly illegally paid by the trust.

After registering the FIR, the CBI conducted searches at several places in Lucknow, Meerut and Delhi, he said.

It is alleged that Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences was barred from admitting students in May 2017 due to substandard facilities and non-fulfilment of norms, along with 46 other medical colleges on the same grounds. It was, the officials said.

He said that the decision of Dibar was challenged by the trust in the Supreme Court through a writ petition.

Thereafter, a conspiracy was hatched by the people named in the FIR and the petition was withdrawn with the permission of the court.

On August 24, 2017, another writ petition was filed before the Lucknow bench of the High Court, officials said.

He said the FIR further alleged that the petition was heard by a division bench of Justice Shukla on August 25, 2017 and a favorable order was passed on the same day, he said. PTI