Affiliations granted by BCI are scanned by CBI

By Kamalika Bhattacharya

The Bar Council of India(BCI) visits and inspects the Law colleges in the country as part of its statutory function of promoting legal education and laying down standards in consultation with the Universities in India and the State Bar Councils. The inspections are carried out in the existing law colleges to consider whether such colleges can be allowed to be continued and also to concise. The honorary body also plays a pivotal role in granting


approval of affiliation to new law colleges when thev apply to the Bar Council of India for imparting LL.B. courses.

Incidentally several affiliations that had been granted by the BCI to various law colleges in the past five years are being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).

BCI vice chairman R. Dhanpal Raj had been arrested by the CBI from his residence in Tamil Nadu. This arrest was followed by a probe into the affiliation granted to the Global Law College in Ghaziabad.

As per the reports, cash amounting to about Rs.75 lakh had been recovered during the raids against BCI officials that had been arrested in connection with the case. R. Dhanpal Raj has been remanded by the court in police custody till 25 February, 2011.

Also, R.S. Rana, who had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy by demanding money from Manish Tyagi in order to conduct the inspection of a law college and giving a favorable report for granting recognition to the college has been arrested.The Supreme Court had allegedly rejected the anticipatory bail petition by R. Dhanpal Raj.

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