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DCI scam case: CBI opposes Bangaru's wife, sons AB plea

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

CBI today opposed the anticipatory bail applications filed by the wife of self styled godman Bangaru of Adhiparasakthi Trust, which runs a college reportedly involved in the Dental Council of India scam case.

Special Public Prosecutor for CBI N Chandrasekaran, in his counter affidavit, said that Srilekha, Managing Director of the dental college had stated during questioning that its CEO, who is Bangaru's wife and its trustees deal with financial matters of all institutions.

The SPP also said Bangaru's wife Lakshmi has to be questioned on the issue of Rs 25 lakh allegedly paid to DCI member Dr S Murukesan as the first installment of bribe he reportedly demanded to obtain approval of Post Graduate seats.

The money was seized by CBI on January 7 last.

CBI contended that the petitioner's role in this case can be determined only in due process of investigation.

Lakshmi contended that as CEO, she is required to appear before CBI on Feb 15, which she did not do, to answer certain questions on the case.

However she maintained she was not the CEO, but executive trustee, as per the Oct 31 2012 resolution passed by the Adi Parasakthi Charitable Medical Education and Cultural Trust.

She has all powers of the Trust but nothing to do with its day to day functioning, she said.

Lakshmi also claimed she suffered from several ailments, including hypertension and diabetes.

Her sons G B Senthil Kumar and G B Anbalagan -- also trustees of the Trust had applied for anticipatory bail, in connection with the case.

When the matter came up for hearing today, Justice R Subbiah posted the matter for February 26.

CBI had on Jan 7 arrested Murukesan for allegedly demanding Rs one crore as bribe and accepting Rs 25 lakh as advance for granting approval for the PG course.

Three functionaries of the Adhiparasakthi Dental College and Hospital were also arrested from the DCI member's dental clinic here for allegedly offering the illegal gratification.

First Published: Thu, February 21 2013. 00:00 IST