CBI court summons Justice Nirmal Yadav
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 18:30
Chandigarh: A special CBI court here on Saturday issued summons to former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Justice Nirmal Yadav and four others for May 18 in connection with the 2008 'cash-at-judge's door' scam.

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, Special Judge Ritu Tagore issued notices to them for personal appearance on May 18, the next date of hearing.

Justice Yadav was not present in the Court today. On an earlier hearing in the case on April 6 after filing of the charge sheet, the CBI had submitted a 126-page documentary evidence in the case.

The agency had on March 4 filed a charge sheet against Justice Nirmal Yadav and four others for alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption in the 2008 'cash-at-judge's door' scam.

The 25-page charge sheet against Justice Yadav and the others 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.

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

Yadav was later transferred to Uttarakhand. 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 Punjab and Haryana High Court had been rocked after a sum of Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the High Court here, on August 13, 2008 following which she reported the matter to the Chandigarh Police.

The money, allegedly meant for Justice Yadav, was said to have been delivered to Kaur due to confusion over their names.

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

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

The CBI had also attached the three-page sanction letter issued by the President with the charge sheet.

Yadav had denied the allegation that the money was meant for her and proceeded on leave after the case surfaced. Later, she was transferred as a judge of the Uttarakhand High Court.


First Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 18:30

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