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Bar Council member arrested for graft,lawyers call strike against CBI action

City lawyers were on a collision course with the CBI after two Supreme Court advocates,including a member of the Bar Council of India,were arrested by the agency on the charge of taking a bribe for granting affiliation to a Ghaziabad-based law college.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
December 22, 2010 12:19:33 am

City lawyers were on a collision course with the CBI after two Supreme Court advocates,including a member of the Bar Council of India (BCI),were arrested by the agency on the charge of taking a bribe for granting affiliation to a Ghaziabad-based law college.

The CBI identified the arrested lawyers as Rajendra Singh Rana,a BCI member,and Manish Tyagi,a member of the advisory board of the Global College of Law in Ghaziabad.

Protesting the “high-handedness” of the CBI while arresting Rana,city lawyers decided to stay away from courts on Wednesday. The Co-ordination Committee of All Bar Associations has called for a day-long strike to register its protest.

The CBI,on the other hand,has lodged an FIR against some lawyers,including Rohini Court Bar Association president I S Saroha and senior advocate Rajiv Khosla,who had gathered at Rana’s house in Pitampura and objected to the agency’s action. The agency claimed its team was manhandled.

The lawyers have decided to move the Delhi High Court for a case of contempt against the CBI for flouting court directives on searches.

“The CBI failed to bring along women police officers while conducting raids at Rana’s house. It was in complete contravention of the directives by the Supreme Court. Women of the house have also complained of abusive behaviour on the part of the CBI team,” said Sanjeev Nasiar,Secretary of the New Delhi Bar Association.

Rajiv Khosla,president of the Co-ordination Committee,said the FIR against them was an act to “cover-up their misdeeds” but lawyers would hit back with adequate legal measures.

The agency had registered a case against Rana and BCI vice-chairman Dhanpal Raj,alleging that they had demanded money from Tyagi in exchange for a favourable report regarding inspection of the college for granting recognition. “While a major part of the bribe had already been paid by Tyagi to Rana,the remaining amount of Rs one lakh was to be paid yesterday. We have been monitoring Rana’s calls,” the CBI claimed.

The CBI said it laid a trap on Monday and caught Rana while he was allegedly accepting the money from Tyagi. “Rana’s house was then searched and raids were conducted at several places in Delhi,Ghaziabad and Chennai,” said an official.

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