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CBI seeks phone, staff, A/C details of retired HC judge

The Central Bureau of Investigation wants to know details of mobile phones used, and drivers and servants employed by retired Odisha High Court judge IM Quddusi, who has been charge sheeted by the agency on charges of corruption in the Medical College bribery scandal.

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Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020, 08.55 AM IST
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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation wants to know details of mobile phones used, and drivers and servants employed by retired Odisha High Court judge IM Quddusi, who has been charge sheeted by the agency on charges of corruption in the Medical College bribery scandal.

The agency has asked the retired judge to supply details of mobile numbers used by him during 2017. Also, in a notice, dated February 11, the agency has asked Quddusi to share “details of all the bank accounts including closed accounts with statement of account for the period May 2017 to October 2017 and details of drivers/servants employed during May 2017 to October 2017”. The agency had asked the judge to share the details by February 14. However, Quddusi has challenged the notice in a local court, citing his “right against self-incrimination”. Counsel for Quddusi, advocate Vijay Aggarwal contested CBI’s notice stating that the Constitution safeguards rights of an accused from self-incrimination.

Aggarwal contended that the Constitution confers immunity from compelling an accused to be a witness against himself by self-incriminating evidence. He averred that the “right of silence” has been provided under the Constitution and the same cannot be taken away by any mode, directly or indirectly. Taking stock of the contentions, the court has asked CBI to respond to Quddusi’s petition by March 4.

Quddusi, who was charge sheeted in the medical college bribery scandal in January this year, was booked by CBI in a fresh corruption case on December 4 last. As first reported by ET on January 9, CBI has produced interceptions of alleged phone conversations between Quddusi and alleged middlemen and owner(s) of a Lucknow Medical Institute to substantiate its charge of demand and payment of illegal gratification by private individuals to obtain a favourable order from the Supreme Court.

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