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Allowing illegally intercepted conversations as evidence violates fundamental rights, says Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Monday said that allowing illegally intercepted messages and audio conversations as evidence in a trial would violate fundamental rights of citizens, Live Law reported.

The court made the observation while hearing the petition of Jatinder Pal Singh, who was booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2010 in a bribery case.

According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the then Medical Council of India President Dr Ketan Desai had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Singh. They wanted to show recognition for the courses and grant of permission to Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital in Punjab’s Patiala city as mandated by the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

The agency alleged that Singh paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to Desai for allowing admission to the fourth year of MBBS course at the college despite there being deficiencies, Bar and Bench reported.

In 2012, a special court had framed charges against Singh under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Singh appealed against the charges in the Delhi High Court.

He contended that the CBI based its case on telephonic conversations that were intercepted and recorded illegally. He also argued that the conversations had not been sent for a forensic…

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