Money laundering case against Orissa HC ex-judge; Rs 3 crore the ‘rate card’
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-18

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THE Enforcement Directorate has registered a case of money laundering against former Orissa High Court judge I M Quddusi and five others for allegedly trying to influence court proceedings over an application to grant admission rights to a Lucknow-based medical college barred by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The ED case is based on a CBI FIR in the matter which had set off a judicial storm in the apex court last week. The agency had arrested Quddusi and five others on September 20 and also searched their premises. Sources in CBI and ED said that investigations have revealed that Quddusi and his associates had demanded Rs 3 crore from the medical college, Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, to get a favourable judicial order.

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“It was their going rate. They have similarly taken money from other people to get them favourable orders in courts. How this was being done is a matter of investigation,” an official privy to probe details said. There are over 80 phone intercepts with CBI and ED where the accused are allegedly heard talking about the conspiracy. The CBI has already obtained voice samples of Quddusi to match those found in the intercepts.The CBI has recovered Rs 1.86 crore cash and documents from the accused, which are being scrutinised, sources said. It is currently recording statements of various witnesses, sources added. Notably, ED has powers to attach properties belonging to the accused of the value of alleged money laundering involved in the alleged offence. Sources said such proceedings will be initiated once the probe progresses further.


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