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Lucknow medical college graft case: Probe CJI’s refusal to let CBI file FIR against judge, says Bhushan

“There is serious prima facie evidence which certainly warrants an investigation.... The matter regarding... Prasad Education Trust was first allowed by the CJI to withdraw the petition and to file before the Allahabad HC...,” Bhushan said

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2018 5:59 am
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Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who has filed a complaint against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra under the “in-house procedure” for probing him, Tuesday alleged that the CJI “refused permission” to the CBI to lodge an FIR against a judge in connection with the Lucknow medical college graft case.

“There is serious prima facie evidence which certainly warrants an investigation…. The matter regarding… Prasad Education Trust was first allowed by the CJI to withdraw the petition and to file before the Allahabad HC…,” Bhushan said at a press meet in Delhi. He said the CBI has recorded conversations between former High Court judge I M Quddusi and other middlemen, “which clearly suggests a conspiracy to bribe the judge”. Bhushan said, “On September 6 (last year), CBI approached CJI to arrest the judge. However, CJI refused permission….”

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The taped conversations are purportedly between Quddusi, a retired Judge of Orissa High Court who had been arrested by the CBI; Viswanath Agarwala, a middleman; and B P Yadav of Prasad Education Trust, the institution which was barred by Medical Council of India from admitting students. The institution had subsequently appealed before Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court. Bhushan maintained that “all this is not to say that CJI is definitely involved in the conspiracy, but that circumstances clearly call for an inquiry in this matter.”

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Bhushan alleged that “in-house inquiry” ordered by the CJI against the judge “appears to be an eyewash”. He said, “If this was serious enough for in-house inquiry why was permission denied to CBI to register an FIR, particularly when the CBI had presented documentary evidence in the case? Therefore, the subsequent in-house inquiry ordered in this case appears to be an eyewash after this scandal became well publicised.”

On Monday, The Indian Express reported that Bhushan, as convenor of Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms, had sent a complaint to the four Supreme Court judges who questioned some of the workings in the apex court under CJI Misra: Justices J Chelameswar, R Gogoi, K Joseph and M B Lokur. A copy of the complaint was also sent to Justice A K Sikri. The complaint calls for an inquiry against the CJI by either three or five senior Supreme Court judges for what are described as “various allegations of misconduct”.

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  1. laxmikanta nayak
    Jan 17, 2018 at 11:17 am
    This GUY B-A_S-T_A_R_D Bhusan could not defend himself for the same issue(CJI’s refusal to let CBI file FIR against judge) in a Debate held by INDIA TODAY. Interesting things was Indira Jaising was in the same debate and she only dismissed the poor guys argument.Now he use another agency to spread lies against CJI. I think this is the issue with this guy only he and his Father are honest person in India. We need another Kejriwal in Supreme court to handle this Guys.
    1. S
      Jan 17, 2018 at 10:16 am
      By his action he is proving himself to be a joker.The 4 judges have willingly allowed themselves to be used.This person is a politician.His NGO CJAR was fined Rs.25 lakhs recently by SC for his misconduct in the medical council case.His presumed prestige is hurt and hence he is roaming around instigating the other judges.It is high time he is sent to jail for contempt of court. But this may not happen as the CJI considered him not even worthy of contempt.It is unfortunate that the ins ution of SC has been malaigned and its re tion tarnished irreparably by the likes of this person ably supported by the 4 judges. The grapevine is that court which heard the judge loya case yesterday has questioned the four judges on themselves being considered as juniors in the context of the 4 judges considering all the judges equal and the CJI was only the first among equals.I hope that there may be an in-camera dressing down of the 4 judges by the CJI in today's meeting and their places shown.
      1. B
        Jan 17, 2018 at 9:44 am
        First it was AAP, now SC. How long will he be allowed to do all this ? Very sad indeed. Misuse of status and high education.
        1. Kachru
          Jan 17, 2018 at 9:03 am
          GO CJI GO. FOR SAKE OF GOD. ... GO..
          1. Swaminadhan Krishnamurthy
            Jan 17, 2018 at 8:56 am
            Ever since Mr.Bhushan was chased out of the Chief Justice's Court for misbehaviour, the intensity of this man's malicious campaign, filled with venom, against the CJI has increased. I have been following his dubious legal career and he is a habitual offender. It is high time that the Bar Council took action against him to debar him so that the profession will be rid of a nuisance.
            1. Pramodkumar Kulkarni
              Jan 17, 2018 at 9:22 am
              Mr bhakt when will people like you will learn to tolerate truth?
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