New Delhi (Agencies): Bar Council of India's Vice Chairman R Dhanpal Raj, arrested for allegedly accepting bribe from a Ghaziabad law college to grant affiliation to it, was sent to the CBI custody for interrogation of his role in the racket.

Special Judge O P Saini remanded him in CBI custody for seven days saying "I am satisfied that there is justification in the prayer seeking police custody remand."

"The prayer of CBI is allowed and the accused is remanded to police custody till February 25," he added.

Senior Public Prosecutor Akhilesh, appearing for the investigative agency, told the court that Raj, in conspiracy with co-accused and BCI member R S Rana, had demanded Rs 15 lakh for a favourable report regarding inspection of Global Law College in Ghaziabad.

Rana was arrested on December 20 last year by CBI which had also claimed a recovery of Rs one lakh bribe amount from him.

CBI told the court today that Raj's telephonic talk transcripts revealed the demand for bribe by him while it also recovered Rs 74.10 lakhs from his residential premises.

"The source of Rs 74.10 lakh is to be ascertained and the role of other conspirators in the whole scam relating to recognition of law colleges is to be unearthed...The accused may be remanded to police custody for seven days," CBI said.

Advocate B Balaji, appearing for Raj, opposed CBI's plea saying he has already been interrogated by CBI for three days earlier and there is no evidence of his involvement in the alleged crime.

About the money recovered from Raj, he said it was meant to purchase some land and had been pooled in from different sources including his fees as special public prosecutor, the salaries of his wife and sister. The part of the money was for his son's marriage, he said.