CHENNAI: The CBI on Wednesday assured the Madras High Court that Puducherry Centralised Admission Committee (Centac) Chairman Narendra Kumar and Health Secretary B R Babu, who feared arrest in connection with the admissions made in the first year MBBS course during 2016-17 case, will not be arrested till October 9.
When anticipatory bail applications of the duo came up before vacation judge G R Swaminathan, CBI Special Public Prosecutor Srinivasan sought an adjournment till October 9 and gave the undertaking that till such time the case comes up for the next hearing, the accused will not be arrested.
The judge recorded the same and adjourned the matter to October 9.
The CBI had registered a case against Narendra Kumar, Babu and Managing Directors of various private medical institutions in Puducherry and others in connection with the admission case.
Puducherry Lieutenant-Governor Kiran Bedi had sought a CBI probe into the admission of 778 medical students in private colleges, alleging that it was in a violation of Supreme Court’s guidelines. She had also shared the documents with the Central agency.
The CBI is also probing the role of other Puducherry government and Centac officials in the alleged scam.
It was alleged that the accused officials conspired in the matter of admissions to the medical courses in Puducherry. They allegedly cheated the bona fide students, who were issued provisional admission certificates.
Nithyananda seeks security for Adheenam visit
Self-styled godman Nithyananda moved the Madurai Bench of Madras HC seeking police protection while visiting Madurai Aadheenam. Nithyananda, in his petition said that he was coronated as the 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam on April 27, 2012. While so, fearing arm-twisting tactics of unscrupulous elements and to resist actions of HR&CE in instituting pleas in the lower court challenging his appointment, Guru Maha Sannidhanam, on Oct 21, 2012 had issued notice in newspapers stating the appointment was revoked, he said. He sought protection for him and disciples while entering the Aadheenam.