Court grants bail to 2 doctors in AIIMS admission racket
Two doctors, arrested by the CBI for allegedly manipulating admission process for post-graduate courses at All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), were today granted bail by a Delhi court. Additional Sessions Judge R Kiran Nath granted bail to doctors Noopur Bajpai and Sonal on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each with one surety of the same amount. “Both the accused are granted bail,” the judge said. The two doctors have been accused of colluding with the purported mastermind, Dr Mahipal Singh, in manipulating the admission process. The court passed the order after hearing arguments by advocate Promod Dubey, who, appearing for the two accused, contended there was no evidence against them and there was no apprehension that they would tamper with the evidence or hamper the probe. Dubey sought bail saying the investigations in the case is complete and also referred to the CBI’s statement that no further custodial interrogation was required in the case. The bail pleas, however, were opposed by the CBI, which said the nature of the offence was serious. Apart from Bajpai, Sonal and Singh, the CBI had also arrayed two other doctors, Amit Aggarwal and Jyotsana as accused in the case along with Rajiv Ghatak, a data entry operator. The CBI had booked the accused for allegedly committing forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy. The agency had also slapped Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Mahipal Singh, a 2010 Radiology graduate from AIIMS, who was arrested in June last year and is still under judicial custody. Rajiv Ghatak, who allegedly smuggled out answer sheets while working as a data entry operator in a company hired by AIIMS to process the answer sheets, has also not yet secured the bail. The bail plea of Mahipal Singh is likely to be heard tomorrow by the Delhi High Court.
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