New Delhi: In a massive blow for Allahabad High Court judge Justice S.N. Shukla, the CBI has registered a case of criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act for irregularities in medical college admissions.
The probe agency’s charges against Shukla come in the wake of former chief justices Deepak Misra and Ranjan Gogoi writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, initiating his impeachment from office after an in-house inquiry found substance in a charge of judicial impropriety against him.
“The CBI has registered a case against seven accused. It was alleged in the First Information Report (FIR) that the private institute based at Lucknow was debarred by Government of India for admitting medical students for the forthcoming two years because of sub-standard facilities and non-fulfilment of the required criteria in May 2017 along with 46 other medical colleges who were debarred on similar grounds," the FIR said.
The probe agency has also alleged that the Centre’s decision to debar them was contested by the Educational Trust before the Supreme Court through a writ petition. Subsequently, a conspiracy was allegedly hatched between the accused and the writ petition filed before the Supreme Court was withdrawn with the permission of the court and a writ petition was filed before the Division Bench of Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench on 24 August, 2017.
“It was further alleged in the FIR that this petition was heard on 25 August by the Division Bench of Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench comprising of said Judge (Shukla) and an order was passed on the same day. In order to have a favourable order, an alleged illegal gratification was paid to one of FIR named persons by the private persons of said Education Trust," the probe agency has alleged in its FIR.
The agency on Friday also conducted searches across Shukla’s residential premises in Lucknow, Delhi and Meerut. An agency spokesperson said, “The searches led to the recovery of certain incriminating documents including investments and financial transactions etc."