New Delhi, Oct.1: Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi on Tuesday said that the arrest of Rasheed Masood is in a way cleansing the Indian political system, and added that it will send the right message to the nation.
“It is cleansing the Indian political system and this is very good of our country. There should be faster judgment and harder punishment; it will create fear among those people.
It will send right message to the nation,” she said.
Advocate and social activist Prashant Bhushan, echoing similar sentiments, said the conviction of Congress MP Rasheed Masood and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in corruption cases proves the importance of Supreme Court’s order, and added that the court is acting tough on people like them.
“The conviction of Rasheed Masood and Lalu Yadav proves the importance of Supreme Court’s order. Now the court is acting tough on peoples like this. There is public demand for this,” he said.
Earlier this evening, Delhi Police took Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood to the Tihar Jail here hours after he was convicted on corruption charges in connection with the MBBS scam.
Masood has become the first legislator to be disqualified after a Delhi court sentenced him to four years in jail in connection with the MBBS seat scam.
The 66-year-old Congress leader had been convicted of cheating, forgery and corruption in an MBBS seat scam.
Two other accused, former IPS officer Gurdayal Singh and former IAS officer AK Roy, have also been sentenced to four years in jail; while seven students who were also involved in the scam got one-year jail term.
“Rasheed Masood four years, Roy four years, Gurdayal Singh four years. The student beneficiaries one year,” said Harpreet, the defence lawyer. She added that Masood was calm during the sentencing.
As Minister of Health in the V P Singh Government between 1990 and 1991, Masood was held guilty of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country from the central pool. (ANI)