Vice chairman of the Bar Council of India (BCI), R Dhanpal Raj has demanded “A-class” facilities in the Tihar Jail, where he is presently lodged. He was arrested for allegedly giving affiliation to a law college in lieu of money.
Raj, a Chennai-based advocate, was produced before an anti-corruption court by the CBI, where he told the special judge OP Saini that he was suffering from diabetes and hypertension, and should be allowed home-cooked food.
In reply to his request, the court said, “However, in Delhi jail there is no such class and the jail superintendent shall take decision in this regard as per the jail manual.”
It also remanded him to 14 days’ judicial custody till March 9. “The accused is no longer required for custodial interrogation and he may be remanded to judicial custody for 14 days,” the court said. The CBI had completed Raj’s custodial interrogation two days prior to the expiry of his police custody till February 25.
During the hearing, the CBI told the court that Raj, in conspiracy with co-accused and BCI member RS Rana, had demanded Rs 15 lakh for a favourable report regarding inspection of Global Law College in Ghaziabad. It also said that Raj’s telephonic talk transcripts were ample evidence to his crime as were the R74.1 lakh the agency recovered from his home.