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Thursday , November 5 , 2015
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Court clears charge sheet against Bar Council officials in pay-to-approve case

New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI): A Delhi court has ordered framing of charges against five persons, including two former members of the Bar Council of India, in an alleged corruption case.

Judge Manoj Kumar Nagpal of the Special Court handling cases of the Central Bureau of Investigation said that, on the face of it, various offences including cheating, criminal conspiracy and corruption are made out against former BCI chairman Raju Dhanpal Raj, former member Rajinder Singh Rana and three others for allegedly demanding illegal gratification to give a 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, now 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 Bar Council of India 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 7 lakh was paid.

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

CBI alleged the recorded conversations between the accused revealed that after negotiation Rs 7 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. 

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