Tripura: Rajya Sabha MP and former Minister of State for Health Rashid Masood has been found guilty by a special CBI court for MBBS seat allotment fraud. The court has found Rashid Masood guilty of nominating undeserving candidates to the MBBS seats allotted to Tripura. The fraud was carried out during Masoods tenure as MoS Health in 1990-91. The court has also found him guilty of conspiring with two others who have also been convicted. The sentencing is expected on Friday.
The judgement has been delivered in 11 similar cases registered by CBI in 1996. Of the 11, Masood was named in three cases. CBI had said in the charge sheet that Tripura does not have any medical college of its own.
"Consequently some MBBS and BDS seats are allocated every year from central Pool by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in various medical colleges across the country," CBI counsel V N Ojha had told the court.
These seats are made available to Tripura for allotment to eligible students from the state on the basis of merit, he had said. The Government of Tripura constituted the Tripura Board of Joint Entrance Examination (TBJEE) in 1988 for selection of candidates through joint entrance examination held every year. The candidates were nominated.
CBI had alleged that some candidates got their names nominated for MBBS seats for academic session 1990-91 from accused Gurdial Singh, then Resident Commissioner Tripura and an IPS officer of Gujarat cadre who was on deputation to government of Tripura. As per CBI, Singh and Masood entered into criminal
conspiracy among themselves and with candidates whose names were to be nominated as nominee of Tripura even when they were not qualified for the same.
With regard to one candidate (who was also an accused in the case and was a juvenile at the time of offence), CBI said, investigation revealed that the nominee's father was the editor of a daily in Uttar Pradesh and had met Masood to arrange a medical seat for his son.
Masood had in turn allegedly contacted Singh for the same. Of the 11 cases, Gurdial Singh is a common accused in six cases while retired IPS officer Amal Kumar Roy, Secretary to then Chief Minister of Tripura has been held guilty in five similar cases.
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.