CBI raids and books former Odisha High Court judge

Orissa HC bar ceases work to oppose CBI entry into judge's house

MCI Scam: CBI registers FIR against Retd. Orissa HC Justice IM Quddusi

Qudussi is accused of conspiring to settle a case in favour of Lucknow based Institute of Medical Science.

However, the CBI officials now face a criminal case of trespassing among other charges.

New Delhi: The CBI has filed an FIR against a retired Orissa High Court Judge I M Quddusi for helping an Uttar Pradesh-based educational trust, barred by the government from admitting medical students, in settling the legal matter, an official said on Wednesday.

"On the basis of secret information, the CBI apprehended a private person with Rs 1 crore received as bribe in a case related to a private medical college", CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said in a statement. The CBI conducted raids today at various places including Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Lucknow including Greater Kailash residence of Justice (retd.) Quddusi. Pandey is also located in GK. The CBI said that during the searches, it recovered Rs 1 crore from Agrawala while he was stepping out of the office of a hawala dealer at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. He may be arrested soon, said sources.

As per guideline, if the CBI has to raid any sitting judge's house then the chief justice of the high court should have been informed about it.

Providing further information on the case, Twin City police commissioner YB Khurania in a press meet said, "CBI team led by inspector P K Mishra visited the residence of the acting High Court judge CR Dash on the midnight of September 19".

The lawyers have stopped work till Thursday afternoon and demanded a high-level judicial probe into the incident. The team allegedly tried to force open the gates and barge into the home even after being told by security guards that a sitting judge lives there and the man they were looking for had vacated seven years ago and now lives in Noida. "The team was immediately called back and no raid happened at sitting judge's house", he said.

Against this, the MCI went to Supreme Court which disposed of the matter on August 29 with the college submitting that "it does not claim any benefit from the order passed by the HC".

Apart from the retired Justice, the others named in the FIR are Bhawana Pandey ( a resident of N-7, GK 1, New Delhi), BP Yadav, Palash Yadav, Sudhir Giri of Venkateshwara Medical College in Meerut, Biswanath Agrawala (a resident of HIG-136, Phase I, Kanan Vihar Bhubaneswar) and some other unknown public and private people.

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