All six accused are out on bail. The CBI questioned Quddusi twice after he secured bail. It told the court recently that Quddusi allegedly got “one instalment of gratification from accused B P Yadav”. Seeking further custody of the two, the CBI had said, “Their role is required to be interrogated (to know) how the amount of gratification was paid, by whom, and what was the way of transaction.”
Sources said phone intercepts of conversations regarding Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, one of 46 medical institutions barred due to poor infrastructure, prompted the CBI to arrest Quddusi, who had served in High Courts of Allahabad, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The five others arrested were B P Yadav and Palash Yadav, promoters of the medical college; alleged middleman Biswanath Agrawal; alleged hawala operator Ram Dev Saraswat; and Bhawana Pandey, Quddusi’s alleged associate.
Quddusi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal refused to comment on the fresh developments and the allegations made against the former judge. The CBI FIR alleged that promoters of the Lucknow medical college, barred from admitting students for two years, had approached Quddusi, who allegedly promised relief in exchange for bribes to influential people.
The college challenged the government order in Supreme Court. The court, the FIR said, directed the government on August 1 to consider afresh the material on record. The government heard the matter and barred the college from admitting students for 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic sessions. It also authorised MCI to cash the college’s bank guarantee of Rs 2 crore.
The college promoters moved the Supreme Court and at the same time also allegedly got in touch with Quddusi and Bhawana Pandey who, the FIR says, promised to get the matter settled. According to CBI, Quddusi advised the promoters to withdraw the petition in SC and file a petition in Allahabad HC. The promoters moved the HC on August 25.
In an interim relief, HC ordered that the college “shall not be delisted from the list of colleges notified for counselling till the next date of listing i.e. August 21, 2017”, the FIR says. The court also stayed MCI from cashing the bank guarantee until the next hearing.The MCI moved SC against this. The apex court disposed of the matter on August 29, with the college submitting that it “does not claim any benefit from the order passed by HC”. At this point, according to CBI, Quddusi and Pandey “assured to get the matter settled” through their contacts.
Source- Indian Express