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CBI registers case against retired judge, others over corruption charges

21 September 2017

However, the agency refuted allegations that it raided the residence of any sitting Orissa High Court Judge. "We want that the matter be inquired into by a sitting judge either of the High Court or the Supreme Court", stated Kali Prasad Mishra, vice president of the Orissa High Court Bar Association speaking to reporters after the meeting. This is utter callousness, deplorable. "But don't they do minimum cross-check before visiting anyone?" Taking a serious view of thr incident, the High Court Bar Association launched a casework till Thursday.

"The CBI team was informed at the gate that the said retired judge was no longer residing there". The CBI immediately left the location and informed the local police of the development.

The Odisha Police, however, told media that around five CBI officers arrived at the home of Justice Dash, around 1:30 am last night. "The security guard deployed outside Dash's house had objected the CBI team still they did not budge and wanted to meet Justice Dash".

It has been alleged in the FIR that the Institute of Medical Science College is among 46 colleges that have been barred by the government from admitting medical students for the forthcoming 1 or 2 years because of substandard facilities and non fulfillment of the required criteria.

The issue was challenged in the Supreme Court by the college. The Supreme Court had directed the state government to look into the matter, but the debarment could not be lifted.

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.

The Allahabad HC passed an order directing that the petitioners' college shall not be delisted from the list of colleges notified for counselling till the next date of listing - August 31, 2017.

Agrawala claimed very close contact with senior relevant public functionaries and assured that he would get the matter favourably settled.

According to reports, the investigating agency also conducted simultaneous raids at eight places in Delhi and Bhubaneshwar but the CBI on Wednesday has clarified that there has been no raid on any sitting judge house in Odisha.

The agency laid a trap and recovered Rs 1 crore from Agrawala in Delhi which he had allegedly received from a hawala operator, Ram Dev Saraswat, the CBI sources said. Also during the searches, Rs 85 lakh were recovered from the hawala operator and Rs 5 lakh from Pandey.

CBI registers case against retired judge, others over corruption charges