Special CBI Judge J P S Malik held Masood guilty of nominating undeserving candidates for academic session 1990-91 to MBBS seats allocated to Tripura from the central pool.
    
Masood was Minister of State (Independent Charge) in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare when the offence took place. Besides him, two top bureaucrats and others have also been held guilty. Sentencing in the case will be pronounced on October 1.

The judgement has been delivered in 11 similar cases registered by CBI in 1996. Of the 11, Masood was named in three cases.

CBI had said in the charge sheet that Tripura does not have any medical college of its own.

"Consequently some MBBS and BDS seats are allocated every year from central Pool by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in various medical colleges across the country," CBI counsel V N Ojha had told the court.

These seats are made available to Tripura for allotment to eligible students from the state on the basis of merit, he had said.

The Government of Tripura constituted the Tripura Board of Joint Entrance Examination (TBJEE) in 1988 for selection of candidates through joint entrance examination held every year. The candidates were nominated.

CBI had alleged that some candidates got their names nominated for MBBS seats for academic session 1990-91 from accused Gurdial Singh, then Resident Commissioner Tripura and an IPS officer of Gujarat cadre who was on deputation to government of Tripura.

(Agencies)

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