CBI court summons Justice Nirmal Yadav

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.

PTI



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

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