Zee News Bureau
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood has been convicted of medical admission scam on Thursday. A Special CBI court has found Masood guilty of nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats.
Masood, Minister of Health in the VP Singh government between 1990 and 1991, was held guilty of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country from the central pool.
Special CBI Judge JPS Malik held Masood guilty of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery). He has, however, been acquitted of the charge under Section 471 IPC (using as genuine a forged document).
Masood`s conviction is the first case after the July 10 Supreme Court judgement that struck down sub-section 4 of Section 8 of Representation of the People Act, under which incumbent MPs and MLAs can avoid disqualification till pendency of the appeal against conviction in a higher court. The appeal has to be made within three months of the conviction.
Congress member in Rajya Sabha and a party Working Committee member, Masood is all set to be disqualified under the provisions of RP Act that disqualifies anybody who has been convicted under sections of various laws including the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The quantum of punishment on Masood will be pronounced on October 1. The provisions under which Masood has been convicted attract imprisonment upto seven years.
66-year-old Masood has been held guilty on same counts in
two other similar cases.
The three cases in which the Congress leader has been convicted form part of the eleven similar cases registered by CBI in 1996.
Two others, ex-IPS Gurdayal Singh and ex-IPS Amal Kumar have also been convicted.
Nine students who had fradulently got admission in the medical colleges have also been convicted for cheating. Two of them, including Masood`s nephew, were juvenile at the time of the offence and their case had been transferred to the juvenile justice board on January 25, 2007.
The then Chief Minister of Tripura Sudhir Ranjan Majumdar and then health minister of the state, Kashi Ram Reang were also accused in the case. They passed away pending trial.
With PTI inputs