Cash-at-judge`s door scam: Fresh notice to Justice Yadav

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 12:47

Chandigarh: A special CBI court here on Wednesday issued fresh summons to former Punjab and Haryana High Court
judge Nirmal Yadav in connection with the 2008
`cash-at-judge`s door` scam as earlier notice seeking her
personal appearance was not served.

While four other accused in the case, currently on
bail, were present, Justice (retd) Yadav did not appear in
the court today.

The CBI court served another notice to her and adjourned
the case till July 9.

The earlier notice seeking Justice Yadav`s appearance
could not be served at her Gurgaon residence.

Special Judge Ritu Tagore also took signed joint
statements from the other four accused that the copy of the
charge sheet had been supplied to them.

On April 30, taking cognisance of the offences in the
charge sheet filed by the CBI against Justice Yadav on March
4, hours after she retired as a judge of the Uttarakhand High
Court, and others, the Special Judge had issued notices to
them for personal appearance for today.

On April 6, the CBI had submitted a 126-page documentary
evidence in the case.

The CBI had named sacked solicitor general of Punjab
Sanjeev Bansal, hoteliers Ravinder Singh, Rajeev Gupta and
Nirmal Singh, besides naming Yadav, who was posted as a Judge
in the Punjab and Haryana High Court when the alleged scam
surfaced.

The agency had filed a charge sheet against Justice Yadav
and four others for alleged criminal conspiracy and
corruption.

Yadav was later transferred to Uttarakhand.

The 25-page charge sheet was filed in the court of the
Special CBI Judge here under various sections, including 120-B
of the IPC relating to conspiracy and Sections 11 and 12 of
the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In a rare move against the higher judiciary, the other
charges for which Yadav was booked included fabricating false
evidence and destruction of evidence.

The case had rocked the Punjab and Haryana High Court
after Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at the residence of
Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the High Court in
Chandigarh, on August 13, 2008 following which she reported
the matter to the Chandigarh Police. The money was said to
have been delivered there due to confusion over names.

The money was allegedly delivered by Parkash Ram, a clerk
of Bansal.

The court was today informed by the defence counsel that
Parkash Ram had been found innocent in the case.

The chargesheet against Justice Yadav was filed after
President Pratibha Patil gave clearance for her prosecution.

Yadav had denied the allegation that the money was meant
for her and proceeded on leave after the case surfaced.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 12:47

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