New Delhi: CBI has arrested two senior
advocates of the Supreme Court for allegedly accepting bribe
for granting affiliation to a Ghaziabad-based Law College.
Rajendra Singh Rana and Manish Tyagi, who are senior
lawyers at the apex court, were arrested from Pitampura in
North Delhi yesterday, CBI sources said.
The CBI had been monitoring the telephone calls of Rana
and swooped on his residence in Pitampura late in the evening
when Tyagi had arrived there with the file of the law college.
The agency claimed to have recovered over Rs one lakh
from his residence before arresting them. Simultaneous
searches were also carried out at seven places in and
around Delhi including the law college in Ghaziabad, the
Speaking to PTI from CBI custody, Rana alleged that the
agency was deliberately trying to trap him.
While he claimed that both of them had been brought to
the CBI headquarters for questioning and were only detained,
agency sources maintained they had been arrested and a case
of bribery registered against them.
A law college has to get affiliated to the Bar Council of
India to become functional.
Rana was first elected to the state Bar Council of Delhi
in 1998 where he became Vice Chairman in 2000. In 2010, he was
elected to the Bar Council of India, according to the website
of the BCI. Tyagi is on the advisory board of Global College