NEW DELHI: In a development that will make it difficult for ex-Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss to project a ‘clean’ image ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections, a special CBI court on Wednesday ordered framing of charges against him and others in two corruption cases.
The cases alleged that he favoured medical colleges while he was the minister from May 2004 to April 2009 in the UPA-I government. CBI judge Ajay Kumar Jain ordered framing of charges against Ramadoss and others for alleged offences, including criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to public servant abusing official position.
The court fixed November 2 for formal framing of charges against the accused in both the cases.
The court said Ramadoss had abused his power, was found to have entered into criminal conspiracy and indulged in criminal misconduct in granting approval for admission of students for the MBBS course in two colleges.
The court had held that to obtain approval of admission, an inspection team was sent clandestinely without formal orders, while declaration forms and bed occupancy reports were forged to show that adequate strength existed.