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Cong MP Rashid Masood gets 4-year jail for corruption
Had fraudulently recommended students for MBBS course
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, October 1
A CBI court today sentenced Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood to four years in jail in a corruption case involving recommendation of undeserving students for MBBS course in 1990-91.

Masood was the Union Health Minister in the National Front government headed by VP Singh when the students were fraudulently nominated to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country from the Central pool.

He becomes the first MP to lose his seat in Parliament in the light of the July-10 Supreme Court judgment that automatically disqualifies lawmakers immediately upon being sentenced for two years or more in criminal cases. Special CBI Judge JPS Malik found Masood guilty of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 60,000 on Masood. The judge, however, acquitted him of the charge of forging documents (Section 471, IPC). 

Masood (67) was taken into custody immediately after the sentence was handed down. The judge rejected the plea for releasing him on probation in view of his age and the fact that he had been an MP for the past 30 years and a law-abiding citizen.

The CBI had opposed the plea for leniency, contending that he was a lawmaker who had turned into a lawbreaker. The trial court awarded four-year jail term to two public servants - Gurdial Singh, a former IPS officer, and retired IAS official Amal Kumar Roy, who was Secretary to the then Tripura Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumdar.

Majumdar and the then state Health Minister, Kashi Ram Reang, were also accused in the case, but they died during the course of the trial. Nine students, who were tried in the case, were awarded one-year imprisonment each for securing admission in medical colleges through fraudulent means.

Two of them, including Masoodís 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 court further imposed a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh on Singh, Rs 1 lakh on Roy and Rs 40,000 each on the nine students.

The students have moved bail applications to enable them to file an appeal against their conviction and sentence before the Superior Court. The CBI had registered 11 cases in 1996 in connection with the admission scam, naming Masood in three of them.

First lawmaker to lose seat

  • Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood becomes the first lawmaker to lose his seat in Parliament following the SCís July-10 landmark judgment against convicted lawmakers
  • Masood was found guilty of fraudulently nominating students to MBBS seats as Health Minister in the National Front government headed by VP Singh in 1990-91
  • Two public servants ó Gurdial Singh, a former IPS officer, and Amal Kumar Roy, a former Secretary to Tripura CM ó have been awarded 4-yr jail term
  • Nine students convicted in the case have been given one-year imprisonment each

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