u judge this….

Vrinda Sharma
Staff Reporter

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmal Yadav was granted bail by a CBI court here, on Saturday, in cases of corruption, conspiracy, destroying evidence and creation of false eviedenc ein the infamous cash-at-judge’s door scam.

ON 13th August, 2008 a sum of Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the High Court here. She reported the matter to Chandigarh Police and it was later found out that he cash was meant for Justice Nirmal Yadav.

Justice Yadav, who retired as a judge in the Uttarakhand High Court, personally appeared before the trial court judge in the district courts complex here following a direction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. She furnished a bail bond of Rs.25,000 and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court directed her to be present at the next date of hearing Sep 16. Accompanied by her lawyer S K Garg and lawyer and family friend Preduman Yadav, 62-year-old Justice Yadav appeared before the Court of Special Judge Ritu Tagore nearly 30 minutes after the proceedings in the case had started.

Yadav was a sitting judge in the high court here when the scam was reported. The police later arrested the then Haryana additional advocate general, Sanjeev Bansal, a property dealer Rajiv Gupta and Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh in this connection. Bansal and Gupta told the police that the money was meant for Nirmal Yadav. They claimed that another packet containing Rs.15 lakh was separately delivered to Yadav at her Sector 24 official residence later after the first packet was wrongly delivered to the other woman judge. Yadav, who went on leave after the episode surfaced, was later transferred to the Uttarakhand High Court.

While the case was transferred from Chandigarh Police to the CBI, the Supreme Court also set up a committee of senior judges to investigative the matter separately. Besides the chargesheet, the CBI also submitted a 126-page docum entary evidence in the case.

Justice Yadav had earlier submitted before the court that she had been falsely implicated by the CBI, politicians and bureaucrats, contending that they have made her a scapegoat because her brother was a minister in the Haryana government. Her brother Capt Ajay Singh Yadav is a six-time Congress MLA from Rewari and currently holds the power portfolio in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in the state. (Eom)

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