FIR against CBI for trying to enter Orissa HC judge's house

FIR against CBI for trying to enter Orissa HC judge's house

Odisha: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is in big trouble after allegedly landing up at the home of an Orissa High Court judge though it was looking to raid a retired Chief Justice under investigation for corruption.

He said the CBI officials were not able to show any search warrant to the local police station or to the security guard deployed at the residence of the judge to conduct any raid.

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.

The agency had received an information that Prasad Institute of Medical College was among 46 colleges barred by the government from admitting medical students for the forthcoming one or two years because of substandard facilities and non-fulfilment of the required criteria. The government heard the matter and debarred the college from taking admissions for two sessions - 2017-18 and 2018-19, and authorised the MCI to encash the college's bank guarantee of Rs 2 crore.

The irate lawyers also demanded a judicial probe into the raid at the official residence of the sitting judge. The Apex Court in WP (C-) No. 411 of 2017 and connected writs, vide its combined order dated August 1, 2017, had directed the Government to consider the materials on record afresh, pertaining to the issue of confirmation or otherwise of the letter of permission granted to the petitioner colleges or institutions. The Orissa High Court Bar Association struck work in protest soon afterwards, and convened an emergency general body meeting. It has been alleged that the judge had arranged for a favorable settlement of a case in the Supreme Court.

Apart from the Retd Justice, the others named in the FIR are Bhawana Pandey, BP Yadav, Palash Yadav, Sudhir Giri, Biswanath Agrawala and some other unknown public and private persons.

However, a CBI spokesperson clarified that the sleuths had entered to the sitting judge's residence in Cuttack as the address of the sitting judge was the former official address of Quddusi before his retirement.

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".

Agrawala was held while collecting Rs 1 crore bribe money from hawala dealer Ram Dev Saraswat in Delhi meant for payments to public functionaries. During searches at the institute, the CBI said it seized Rs 92 lakh.