New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from the CBI on a plea of PMK leader and former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss seeking shifting of the trial of a corruption case against him from a court in Lucknow to the national capital.
A bench comprising justices P Sathasivam and M Y Iqbal issued notice to the agency and sought its response within two weeks on the petition filed by Ramadoss for shifting the trial to Patiala House Court where he has been chargesheeted in a similar case.
The PMK leader has been chargesheeted in a special CBI court in Lucknow in a case of allegedly showing favours to a private medical college, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, relating to grant of renewal for admissions in the MBBS course in 2008-2009.
The identical case in which he has been chargesheeted in special CBI court in Patiala House relates to allegedly abusing his official position in allowing Indore-based Index Medical College and Research Centre (IMCHRC) to go ahead with admissions without having sufficient faculty and clinical material.
Ramadoss sought transfer of the case from Lucknow to a CBI court in Delhi saying the genesis of the alleged conspiracy starts from New Delhi and also culminates in the national capital in both the matters.
The former health minister said most of the accused in both the cases are common and are residents of Delhi.
"Furthermore, even most of the witnesses in both the cases are also the residents of Delhi. Hence, it would be expedient and in the interest to justice, if both the cases are heard together before the special judge, CBI, Patiala House," he said.