Cash-at-door judge chargesheeted
Chandigarh March 5:
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation from New Delhi filed a chargesheet against five persons, including Justice Nirmal Yadav, in the special CBI court in Chandigarh for his alleged involvement in the cash-at-door scam.
The CBI team, led by Superintendent of Police RD Kalia, filed a 25-page chargesheet in the court of special CBI judge Ritu Tagore against Justice Yadav, Sanjeev Bansal, Rajiv Gupta, Ravinder Bhasin and a New Delhi-based property dealer, Nirmal Singh. The five have been charged with corruption, conspiracy, destroying evidence and creation of false evidence under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Justice Yadav is the first woman High Court judge in the country to have been chargesheeted by the CBI. The chargesheet was filed on the day Justice Yadav was to demit office. The court would now take up the matter on April 6. The Central probing agency has been waiting for the sanction of prosecution against Justice Yadav in the case. President Pratibha Patil gave her nod for prosecution against Justice Yadav on February 28.
In December 2009, the CBI had submitted the closure report in the case which was challenged by the lawyers of the Punjab & Haryana High Court following which the then special CBI judge Darshan Singh had rejected the closure report and directed it to re-investigate the matter.
In August 2008, a sum of Rs 15 lakh was delivered at the residence of a Punjab & Haryana High Court judge, Justice Nirmaljit Singh Kaur. It was later alleged that the money was actually meant for another High Court judge, Justice Nirmal Yadav, but had been delivered to the wrong house.