March 01, 2019 06:35 PM

Panchkula (Face2News)

The Special Judge, CBI Cases, Panchkula (Haryana) has sentenced Daulat Ram Sharma, then member Bar Council of India, New Delhi to undergo two years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 30,000/-. 

CBI had registered a case on 18.04.2011 U/s 120 B of IPC and Section 7, 12, 13(2) r/w 13 (1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against two members of Bar Council of India and a Vice Chairman of Swami Devi Dyal Law College, Panchkula (Haryana). The case was registered on allegations that the accused persons in criminal conspiracy with each other demanded a bribe of Rs. 1.25 lakh from the Vice Chairman of a law college, for giving favourable inspection report for continuance of law courses in the college located at Barwala (Haryana).  

After thorough investigation, a chargesheet was filed against the accused persons. During trial of the case, one member of Bar Council of India expired. 

The Anti-Corruption Branch of CBI Chandigarh, booked two senior functionaries of the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the vice-chairman of Swami Devi Dyal Law College in Panchkula on charges of corruption and using malpractice to obtain affiliation for the law college. 

The three booked are BCI member Rajender Singh Rana, BCI Associate Managing Trustee Daulat Ram Sharma and Moti Lal Jindal, Vice-Chairman of Swami Devi Dyal College. Rana, who has a "tainted" past, have been arrested on similar charges by the Delhi CBI in December 2010. 

According to CBI officials, Jindal entered into a criminal conspiracy with Rana and Sharma in October-November of 2010 and fabricated the inspections conducted at the college by BCI members. "Rana and Sharma allegedly accepted an illegal gratification of Rs 1.25 lakh from Moti Lal Jindal for conducting inspections at Swami Devi Dyal Law College and for submitting favourable reports so that the college can continue with its courses like Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts combined with LLB." 

According to sources, Rana and Sharma "fudged" the inspection reports and granted affiliation or permission to the college to run both courses, after accepting the bribe.  

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