Bengaluru: An anticipatory bail has been granted to Dr SR Wakode Professor, of a medical college of Nanded, who was accused for allegedly accepting a bribe to recommend enhancement of medical seats to the apex education regulator in Shri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar.
The New Indian Express reports that Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBG) at Dr Shankar Rao Chawan Medical College and an MCI Assessor, Dr Wakode, had conducted an inspection at Shri Devaraj Urs Medical College for seat enhancement for the MD (OBG) course.
The FIR filed by the Anti Corruption Bureau of the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), alleges Dr Wakode and two others to have entered into a criminal conspiracy with Secretary, G H Nagaraja and Chairman of the Shri Devaraj Urs Educational Trust for Backward Classes in Kolar, R L Jalappa.It further states Dr. Wakode and the other two to have accepted cash and gifts from the Trust, for recommending a seat increase in different courses of study, at the Shri Devaraj Urs Medical College, during the period- 2012-2015.
The objections raised by the CBI against the accused Dr Wakode’s bail plea stated that Unit-I officers of DGIT (Investigation), Bengaluru had during their August 8, raid under Section 132 of the Income Tax Act, recovered incriminating documents at the premises of the Trust including two notepads titled ‘Akshara’ and ‘Mayur Products’.
A look at the notepads revealed that the MCI inspectors had received huge sums of money and gifts from the Trust for granting favours asked for.
Goli Srinivas, Accountant of the College, according to the investigation revelations had maintained details of such payments in the recovered notepads in his handwriting, on the instructions of G H Nagaraja and R L Jalappa.
The college which in actuality suffered from infrastructural deficiencies, shortage of equipment and the paucity of teaching faculty and most like would not have matched up to the Council requirements for seats and course enhancements.
Judge Sadashiva, S Sultanpuri of the CBI Special Court granted anticipatory bail to Dr Wakode, on preset conditions, reports TNIE.