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Medical scam: sentence for Rasheed Masood today

Agencies  New Delhi, October 01, 2013
First Published: 02:57 IST(1/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:03 IST(1/10/2013)

The quantum of punishment on Rajya Sabha member Rasheed Masood, who was found guilty in a case of corruption, will be pronounced on Tuesday. The provisions under which Masood has been convicted attract imprisonment upto seven years.

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In the first conviction after the Supreme Court struck down a law that provided immunity to MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification, a Special CBI court on Sept 19 held Masood guilty in a case of corruption and other offences and he is set to lose his seat.
 
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 had held Masood guilty of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery).
 
Masood's conviction was 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.
 
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.


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