Medical college bribe case: Supreme Court says damage done, outcome does not matter
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-14

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Attorney General of India K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court Monday that developments in the wake of two petitions seeking an SIT probe into alleged judicial corruption involving a blacklisted Lucknow medical college had “caused deep wounds on the judiciary and the Bar” and “ will take a long time to heal” . This prompted the bench to remark that “damage has already been caused… outcome does not matter… everyone is doubting this court unnecessarily”.

Venugopal made the remarks while appearing in his personal capacity before a three-judge bench of Justices R K Agrawal, Arun Mishra and A M Khanwilkar which, after hearing arguments for over 90 minutes, reserved its order on the maintainability of one of the two petitions — this one was filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal — saying it would pronounce it Tuesday.

Referring to allegations in the CBI FIR that Justice I M Quddusi, a retired High Court judge arrested on September 21, had promised promoters of the Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, one of 46 medical colleges barred from admitting students for two years, to get their matter settled in the apex court through their contacts, Venugopal said “no evidence had been adduced to further Quddusi’s statement that money was collected to pay any judge”.

The CBI claimed that Quddusi and five others, who were arrested in the case, were involved in deals to try and secure favourable orders from courts.

Citing this reference in the FIR, Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for petitioner Jaiswal Monday, had last Friday — he was appearing then on behalf of NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) — demanded that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra stay away from taking any judicial or administrative decisions in the matter since a bench headed by him in the past had dealt with the case of the Prasad Trust that runs the medical college.


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