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Prashant Bhushan moves CBI against Press Council chief

He sought immediate registration of FIR against him by the CBI for committing offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, by abusing his position as a judge of the Supreme Court. Justice Prasad was last week appointed by the government as the chairperson of the Press Council of India.

Bhushan in his complaint to the director of CBI and Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) alleged that Justice Prasad abused his position as a judge to confer significant benefits on a private party. “Justice Prasad’s former junior’s in-laws are the main owners of Mistry Constructions. The lawyer appearing for Mistry Constructions A K Srivastava (senior advocate) shares his chamber (90, Lawyers Chambers, Supreme Court) with Ardhendumauli Kumar Prasad, the son of Justice Prasad. Thus Justice Prasad was aware of this case and had an interest in the matter,” Bhushan wrote in
his complaint.

As a result of this order, the judgment of the High Court along with its severe findings has been set aside without a debate, as well as its directions for a re-tender. In effect, Mistry Constructions gets the tender and 35 hectares of prime land at throwaway price, said Bhushan in his letter.
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