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Mistaken identity got it out in open

chandigarh Updated: Aug 23, 2008 00:29 IST
Manish Tiwari
Manish Tiwari
Hindustan Times
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Former Haryana Additional Advocate General Sanjiv Bansal, currently in police custody in connection with the ‘judge bribery case’, has confessed to the Chandigarh Police that he was a regular “conduit” between Delhi hotelier Ravinder Singh and Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nirmal Yadav.

Bansal said he was asked to deliver Rs 5-6 lakh sent by hotelier Singh to the judge’s house.

The Chandigarh Police arrested Bansal two days ago.

The arrest was made after an FIR was registered on the basis of High Court Judge Nirmaljit Kaur’s complaint that Rs 15 lakh cash was delivered at her house by Bansal’s munshi on August 13.

Despite the ‘goof-up’ on August 13, another sum of Rs 15 lakh was delivered at Justice Yadav’s home the next day by Bansal’s friend and property dealer Rajiv Gupta. Bansal’s disclosures form part of a ‘top secret’ interim report prepared by the Chandigarh Police.

The report has been presented to the Union Territory Administrator and Punjab Governor General (retd) S.F. Rodrigues and Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, sources said.