The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the special CBI judge, Chandigarh, to frame charges against the accused, including former high court judge Nirmal Yadav, by July 21 in the August 2008 case of Rs-15-lakh bribe.
Taking up the application from special CBI judge Vimal Kumar, justice Paramjeet Singh granted the authority 10-day extension for framing the charges. In the application moved on July 6, the special CBI judge had mentioned that arguments for the framing of charges had commenced and would continue for some more days.
On May 13, the high court while disposing of justice Yadav's petition, had granted justice Yadav 15 days to inspect the case record and ordered the trial court to decide the issue of the framing of charges within 15 days thereafter, after hearing both parties (petitioner and the Central Bureau of Investigation).
However, the special CBI judge in his application mentioned that in the meantime, justice Yadav had moved the Supreme Court, challenging high court's order of May 13, so on her counsel's request, the case had been adjourned to July 6. But on July 5, the Supreme Court had dismissed her petition.
The special CBI judge mentioned that it was on July 6 that CBI's senior public prosecutor Anupam Gupta had commenced his arguments on the framing of charges. The case was then adjourned for July 8 and, after the arguments, posted for further arguments to July 15.
In August 2008, a parcel containing Rs 15 lakh allegedly meant for justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana high court was delivered by mistake to justice Nirmaljit Kaur. On November 11, 2010, the high court gave the nod for justice Yadav's prosecution. On March 1, 2011, the President granted the prosecution sanction.