ED may register money laundering case against ex-HC judge, others

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate is likely to register a money laundering case against retired Orissa High Court judge I.M. Quddusi and others in connection with the allegations that they were part of a conspiracy to get the case of a Lucknow-based medical institute, which had been barred from admitting students, “settled” in the Supreme Court.“We have requested for a copy of the FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation,” said an official. The case will be registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to probe the money trail. The CBI had earlier arrested Justice (retired) Quddusi and five others for their alleged involvement in the conspiracy. The other accused were identified as B.P. Yadav, chairman of Prasad Institute of Medical Science, his accomplice Palash, Bhawna Pandey, alleged middleman Biswanath Agarwala and “hawala operator” Ramdev Saraswat.Cash seizedThe agency is said to have seized ₹1 crore in cash from Mr. Agarwala. Besides, ₹ 91 lakh more was seized during subsequent searches.According to the CBI, Prasad Institute of Medical Science, run by Prasad Education Trust, is one of the 46 colleges that have been barred by the government from admitting students for two years, for non-fulfilment of criteria.As part of the alleged conspiracy, accused Yadav and Palash had approached the retired Justice, Bhawna Pandey and others to get the issue resolved. The government, through an order on August 10, barred the college from admitting fresh students for two years and also authorised the Medical Council of India to encash the bank guarantee of ₹ 2 crore given by the institute. Initially, the Trust had moved the Supreme Court against the order but later withdrew the petition, allegedly on Mr. Quddusi’s counsel and filed another application in the Allahabad High Court.last_img

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