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Law college affiliation issue under CBI scanner

Sumit Saxena, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 21, 2011
First Published: 23:32 IST(21/2/2011) | Last Updated: 23:33 IST(21/2/2011)

The CBI has begun investigating the slew of affiliations, which Bar Council of India (BCI) awarded in past five years to various law colleges across.

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The investigating agency arrested BCI vice-chairman, R Dhanpal Raj from his residence in Tamil Nadu following the probe in the affiliation granted to GlobalLawCollege, based in Ghaziabad.

According to sources familiar with investigations, the CBI officials have recovered in excess of R75 lakh in the raids made at the officials of BCI arrested in case.

“The scam reaches beyond this one law college. We are examining the affiliation process adopted for law colleges in past five years,” said a source. The court remanded Raj in police custody till February 25, 2011.

The FIR mentioned was registered against Bar Council of Delhi member RS Rana as he entered into a criminal conspiracy

He allegedly demanded money from Manish Tyagi for conducting an inspection of a law college and giving a favourable report for recognising the college. The CBI had laid a trap and arrested Rana with R1 lakh cash in hand.

Special judge OP Saini said, “The transcription of telephonic conversation states there is direct demand from the accused. It is further submitted that Raj along with Rana inspected GlobalLawCollegeand demanded bribe for giving a favourable report.”

The court noted that as per the transcription placed on record, R Dhanpal Raj was actively involved in the conspiracy and demand of money.

“Witnesses have also corroborated the role of accused R Dhanpal Raj that accused bluntly demanded Rs. 15 lakh,” said the judge. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected R Dhanapal Raj  anticipatory bail petition.


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