I was pressurised to withdraw Loya plea in SC : Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla

A Congress leader, who filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of Special CBI judge B H Loya, today alleged he was pressurised by a senior advocate to withdraw his petition.

Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla, who had filed the petition, said just before his plea was to be heard this morning in the court of Justices Arun Mishra and M M Shantanagoudar, the senior advocate had pressurised him to withdraw the petition.

He, however, refused to divulge the name of the senior lawyer.

“I have full faith in the judiciary. I have nothing to do with the politics surrounding the case. I was called names but I refused to back off. I requested my advocate on record to argue the matter despite the pressure,” Poonawalla said.

He said he had told the senior advocate that he will not withdraw the petition as “I have full belief in the institution.

Source : PTI

Ramadoss bailable warrant cancelled

A Delhi court on Tuesday cancelled its bailable warrants against former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss after he appeared before it in a corruption case, involving grant of allegedly illegal permission by him to a medical college to admit students.

 The former minister faces prosecution for allegedly granting permission to the college, which had no sufficient faculty members or clinical infrastructure to run the course.

 Special CBI judge Mr Talwant Singh recalled its 7 July order of issuance of bailable warrants against PMK leader Mr Ramadoss, who also moved his bail plea through his counsel Mr Pramod Dubey.

 The court issued notice to the CBI for 20 July to reply on his bail plea. The court recalled its warrant against Mr Ramadoss after the leader assured the court that “it (the absence from court proceedings despite summons) won’t happen again”.

 “Doctor Ramadoss is present in the court. Since accused has appeared in the court today following the order of 7 July, the bailable warrant issued against him is recalled and cancelled,” the judge said.

 On 7 July, the court had issued bailable warrant against the minister saying he was “intentionally avoiding” its summons and failing to appear before it.

 Mr Ramadoss has been charge-sheeted for allegedly abusing his official position in permitting Indore-based Index Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (IMCHRC) to admit students without having sufficient faculty members and clinical infrastructure.

 The CBI in its 36-page charge-sheet had named Mr Ramadoss and nine others, including two senior government officials and two doctors of Safdarjung Hospital here, besides five persons associated with the private hospital in Indore which allegedly gained “pecuniary advantage” in 2008. 

 Besides Mr Ramadoss, who was the Union minister of health and family welfare from May 2004 to April 2009 in UPA-I government, the CBI has also named in its charge-sheet Cabinet secretariat director Mr KVS Rao, the ministry of health and family welfare’s (MHFW) section officer Mr Sudershan Kumar and Dr J S Dhupia and Dr Dipendra Kumar Gupta of Safdarjung Hospital.

 The charge-sheet was also filed against IMCHRC chairman Mr Suresh Singh Bhadoria, its former Dean Dr S K Tongia and medical director Dr K K Saxena, besides Mr Nitin Gothwal and Dr Pawan Bhambani.

 In response to the summons, accused Mr Rao, Mr Kumar, Dr Dhupia, Dr Gupta and Mr Bhadoria had appeared before the court on 7 July and filed their bail pleas. Mr Bhadoria is already on bail.

 The court had issued notice to the CBI to file replies on their bail applications and kept it for further hearing on 20 July. The judge had also sought the presence of a CBI official and a Chennai police personnel before it on 20 July to explain as to why summons were not served to Mr Ramadoss.

 According to the charge-sheet, Mr Ramadoss and other accused conspired with each other in permitting IMCHRC admission for second year despite the fact that the Medical Council of India (MCI) and a committee appointed by the Supreme Court had “repeatedly recommended” that IMCHRC was not having sufficient faculty and clinical material required as per MCI norms. The MCI had made it clear that permission may not be granted to IMCHRC due to deficiencies observed by its inspectors.

 According to the CBI, the accused had entered into a conspiracy in which IMCHRC gained pecuniary advantage in the form of grant of permission for admission of second batch of MBBS students for academic year 2008-09 ignoring the MCI’s recommendations.

 Mr Ramadoss, Mr Rao, Mr Kumar and the two doctors of Safdarjung Hospital have been charged by the CBI under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC along with offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Mr Bhadoria and other four have been charged with offences of cheating and forgery. Mr Bhadoria also faces charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

 

Ramadoss in medical college scam: Bailable warrant issued

A Delhi court today issued a bailable warrant against former Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss after he failed to appear before it in a case of allegedly allowing a medical college to go ahead with admissions without having sufficient resources.

 Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh issued bailable warrant of Rs 10,000 against PMK leader Ramadoss after the probe agency told the court that summons have not been served to him as he has gone to Bangalore from Chennai for medical treatment.

“I want his presence in the court. It seems Ramadoss is avoiding the summons. Let bailable warrants of a sum of Rs 10,000 be issued against him and the same should be executed by the DIG of concerned branch of the CBI for July 20,” the judge said.

Besides Ramadoss, who was the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare from May, 2004 till April, 2009 in UPA-I, CBI has filed charge sheet against K V S Rao, Director in Cabinet Secretariat, Sudershan Kumar, Section Officer of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) and Dr J S Dhupia and Dr Dipendra Kumar Gupta of Safdarjung Hospital.

 The charge sheet, filed before Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh, also named Suresh Singh Bhadoria, Chairman of Index Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (IMCHRC), Dr S K Tongia, ex-Dean of the college, Dr K K Saxena, Medical Director of the college, Nitin Gothwal and Dr Pawan Bhambani.

 According to the charge sheet, Ramadoss and other accused conspired with each other in permitting IMCHRC admission for second year despite the fact that the Medical Council of India (MCI) and a committee appointed by the Supreme Court had “repeatedly recommended” that IMCHRC was not having sufficient faculty and clinical material required as per MCI norms.

 Of the 10 accused against whom charge sheet was filed by the CBI, Rao, Kumar, Dhupia, Gupta and Bhadoria, were present in court today following its summonses.

  The other four accused Tongia, Saxena, Gothwal and Bhambani sought exemption from personal appearance for the day’s proceedings, through their counsel, and the prayer was allowed by the court.

 Ramadoss, Rao, Kumar and the two doctors of Safdarjung Hospital have been charged by the CBI under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC along with offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

 Bhadoria and other four have been charged with offences of cheating and forgery. Bhadoria also faces charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

 According to CBI, the accused had entered into a conspiracy in which IMCHRC gained pecuniary advantage in the form of grant of permission for admission of second batch of MBBS students for academic year 2008-09 ignoring the recommendations of the MCI.

 The MCI had made it clear that permission may not be granted to IMCHRC due to deficiencies observed by its inspectors.

 In its charge sheet, CBI had said that Bhadoria conspired with employees Tongia, Saxena, Bhambani, Gothwal and the HR manager and submitted a fake list of faculty members and false bed occupancy reports.

 The agency had said Dhupia and Gupta got the signatures of “dummy faculty members” which were forged just to show full strength of the faculty members.

 The CBI in its charge sheet had also said that Dhupia and Gupta, who were the inspectors of the central team, had “obtained the hospitality from the IMCHRC and failed to verify the records and persons produced before them.”