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Court orders framing of charges against ex-BCI official

Court orders framing of charges against ex-BCI official

A Delhi court has ordered framing of charges against five persons, including a former Vice- Chairman and an ex-member of Bar Council of India (BCI), in an alleged corruption case.

Special CBI Judge Manoj Kumar Nagpal said prima facie various offences including, cheating, criminal conspiracy of the IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against former BCI chairman Raju Dhanpal Raj, its ex member Rajinder Singh Rana and three others for allegedly demanding illegal gratification to give favourable inspection report regarding a college in Rohtak.

The court has fixed the case for November 21 for formal framing of charges against Rana and Raj, who were then public servants, Ram Bharose Goel, president of Vaish Education Society, its member and college’s then principal Ajay Singhania and Subhash Gupta.

It directed the accused, who are on bail, to be present in the court on November 21, the next date of hearing.

The court, however, said no charge of forgery for purpose of cheating and using forged documents as genuine is made out against the accused.

According to CBI, the case was registered on February 25, 2011 on the basis of source information initially against Rana, Raj and Goel.

It was alleged that the two BCI officials had conspired with Goel for giving a favourable inspection report regarding Vaish College of Law, Rohtak and Rana started demanding illegal gratification from Goel and after negotiations, Rs seven lakh were paid.

Two mobile handsets were also allegedly accepted by Rana and Raj as part of the illegal gratification, it said.

The approval was to be granted by BCI for starting a new law course in the college which was to be run by this society.

CBI alleged the recorded conversations between the accused revealed that after negotiation Rs seven lakh bribe amount was finalised and Goel and Singhania had come to Delhi to give the amount to Rana at his residence in August 2010.

All the accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.

( Source – PTI )


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