New Delhi: Dr Ramesh Badlani (70), Director of Modern Institute of Medical Sciences, who has been accused of cheating medical candidates of lakhs, has been denied bail by the Supreme Court.
Earlier, the director was denied bail by the Madhya Pradesh High Court, in response to which, he had approached the apex court pleading for bail.
In May this year, Medical Dialogues had reported that Dr Ramesh Badlani, who has a degree in dentistry and had worked in the US in the 1980s before returning to India, was accused of collecting fees of up to Rs 5 lakh from more than fifty students for admission to medical and nursing courses at the institute. He had discontinued the classes later citing financial difficulties. The college staff too wasn’t allegedly paid their salaries.
He was later arrested by Delhi police from a hotel in the national capital. At that time, he was on a run and the police had announced a reward of Rs 20,000 for any information leading to his arrest.
The medicos, who had taken admission to the institute also held a protest demanding action against the doctor as well as a refund of their fees, following which police registered a case under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) against him.
Subsequently, the Dr Badlani approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court pleading bail in the case. However, he failed to find relief by the authorities.
The High Court had dismissed his bail application observing that he collected huge money in the name of imparting education to the aspirants who were interested in pursuing in-demand course of MBBS and after collecting money, closed the college on the one pretext or the other and has not even refunded the money.
The high court had noted: “He had collected huge money from the students as admissions/tuition fees etc. Documents also show that classes were not conducted regularly. There was resentment amongst students regarding lack of faculty and also amongst the ministerial staff and faculty regarding payment of their salary.”
This time, before the Supreme Court, when the doctor’s counsel appealed for his bail, the bench comprising honourable Justices AM Sapre and Indu Malhotra refused to interfere in the matter. Livelaw reports that with reference to the plea mentioning that the accused doctor is not keeping well, the bench stated,
“It is for the petitioner to approach the Sessions Judge who, in his judicial discretion, is empowered to pass appropriate orders keeping in view the facts made out by the petitioner in that behalf after hearing all parties concerned.”