Institute regulators in bribery net

Over the last two years,several members of government regulatory councils for professional and technical institutions have been arrested for alleged bribery,the latest last month. Chitleen K Sethi takes stock

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Published:September 20, 2012 3:15 am

Bar council

December 2010: The CBI in Delhi arrested senior Bar Council of India member Rajinder Singh Rana,along with Manish Tyagi,for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to grant affiliation to a private law college in Ghaziabad. The arrest was marked with high drama with CBI officers alleging that they were attacked publicly by a group of persons who came out in Rana’s support. The special CBI judge who was hearing Rana’s case was allegedly held hostage inside his court by unruly lawyers. Rana later got bail. In 2011,the CBI registered a case against BCI vice-chairman R Dhanpal Raj and arrested him for his alleged role in the same scam.

August 2012: Rana was arrested again by the CBI in Chandigarh along with Daulat Ram Sharma,the BCI associating managing trustee,this time for accepting Rs 1.25 lakh for extending a Panchkula law college’s affiliation.

Tech education council

July 2009: All India Council for Technical Education member secretary K Narayan Rao was arrested and chairman Ram Avtar Yadav booked for corruption following raids by the CBI on AICTE officials at several centres. Rao and alleged middleman Subba Rao were arrested for demanding Rs 20 lakh as a bribe for giving a favourable report to an engineering college in Hyderabad,which they were to inspect.

2009: AICTE adviser S C Rai,deputy director Robinder Randhawa and regional officer,Delhi,Sri Om Dalal were arrested for allegedly demanding a bribe for increasing the number of seats in an engineering college in Faridabad.

May 2012: The CBI arrested three members of an expert committee of the AICTE — associate professor Sanjay Soni of Maulana Azad NIT in Bhopal,associate professor Manoj Kumar Kushwaha of SVS College of Engineering and Technology in Ferozepur and deputy director Rajesh Kumar Singh of Military Engineering Services in New Delhi — for allegedly accepting cash and gold coins from some private colleges in Chhattisgarh to give favourable reports.

Medical council

April 2010: Medical Council of India president Dr Ketan Desai and two others were arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore to grant recognition to a medical college in Punjab. Desai was arrested after the CBI conducted searches at his office in Chandigarh following allegations that he,along with associate Jitender Pal Singh,had demanded such a bribe. The CBI had received 160 complaints of alleged violations by medical colleges that were overseen by MCI. The CBI has since closed the disproportionate assets case against Desai,saying it did not have enough evidence to prosecute him.

Single authority

The Prof Yash Pal Committee had recommended the creation of a single overarching regulatory body,National Commission on Higher Education and Research,to replace existing regulatory bodies including the University Grants Commission,the AICTE,the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) and the Distance Education Council (DEC). The MCI and the BCI would be stripped of their academic functions in the new regime. The BCI is now at the forefront protesting against the move.

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