Rasheed Masood

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Rasheed Masood
MP 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th_Lok_Sabha
Constituency Saharanpur
Personal details
Born (1947-08-15) 15 August 1947 (age 69)
Gangoh, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Political party Indian National Congress[1]
Spouse(s) Saleha Rasheed
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Residence Gangoh, Saharanpur
As of 21 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Rasheed Masood (born 15 August 1947) is the first Indian parliamentarian to be found guilty in a criminal case after the Supreme Court of India ruled that lawmakers stand immediately disqualified if they are convicted for offenses that carry a sentence of more than two years. On 19 September 2013 he was convicted for cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery in medical admission scam during his tenure of Central minister of State for health.[2]

He is an Indian politician, a member of the Indian National Congress party[3] and a former member of the Lok Sabha representing Saharanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha. He was also the United National Progressive Alliance candidate for the Vice-President in the 10 August 2007 election and placed third with 75 votes.[4]

He has earned B.Sc and LLM from Aligarh Muslim University.Masood is an agriculturist by profession. He was general secretary of Bharatiya Lok Dal between 1975 and 1977. He was elected to the 6th Lok Sabha for the first time on a Janata Party ticket in the post-emergency polls in 1977. He went on to become the treasurer of the Janata Parliamentary Party between 1979 and 1980.

Masood was re-elected to the 7th Lok Sabha on a Lok Dal ticket in the 1980 polls. After being the chief whip of Lok Dal in 1982, he became the deputy leader of Lok Dal Parliamentary Party for more than a year. He was the member of the Rajya Sabha from 1986 to 89. From 1989 to 91, he was a member of the 9th Lok Sabha. From April to November 1990, he was Minister of Health and Family Welfare (Independent Charge) in the V P Singh government. In 1991 he was re-elected to the 10th Lok Sabha.

In the late eighties, he was associated with Janata Party and was its deputy Parliamentary party leader. In the nineties, he joined the Samajwadi Party. He was the member of the 14th Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. In 2010, he was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha. On 12 December 2011 he resigned from rajya sabha and from the Samajwadi Party and joined INC. He was elected as the special member of CWC (Congress Working Committee). He became the chairman of APEDA on 4 April 2013 for a term of 3 year

Corruption allegations and conviction[edit]

On 19 September 2013 Special CBI court held Rasheed Masood guilty in a case of corruption and other offences. He was held guilty of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country from the central pool.[5]

On 1 October 2013 Rasheed was sentenced to four years in jail.[6] As a result of the conviction, he was disqualified from the Parliament of India. He, thus got the dubious distinction of the becoming the first elected member of parliament to be disqualified from the parliament, in the entire history of the Republic of India.[7] He was serving as a member of parliament, representing the Congress Party, to the upper house of the Indian parliament when the verdict was pronounced and his membership stripped.

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