Justice Nirmal Yadav, a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, who is suffering from hypertension and diabetes, has been granted blanket exemption from personal appearance in the cash at judge's door case.
Considering Justice Yadav's age (65) and ill-health, CBI special judge Vimal Kumar on Saturday allowed her application seeking an exemption from appearing during the trial.
Justice Yadav appeared before the court when her application seeking permanent exemption in the infamous cash at judge's door case came up for hearing. The court said, "Application for permanent exemption allowed though she will have to appear whenever required."
Charges were framed against justice Yadav on January 18 and she is now standing trial under Section 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (public servant obtaining valuable thing without consideration from a person concerned in proceeding).
Yadav had urged the court that considering her age and ill-health she should be granted exemption from personal appearance during the trial of the graft case that began on Saturday.
The CBI, in 2008, had registered a case under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against justice Yadav along with Sanjeev Bansal, former additional advocate general of Haryana; Rajiv Gupta, a Chandigarh businessman; Ravinder Singh Bhasin, a Delhi hotelier and one Nirmal Singh.
The case came to light after `15 lakh, allegedly intended to be given to Yadav as bribe, were wrongly delivered at the residence of justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another high court judge, on August 13, 2008. Justice Kaur reported the matter to the UT police. Investigations subsequently handed over to the CBI had revealed that the money was meant for justice Yadav. On March 4, 2011, the CBI filed chargesheet in the case.
Recording of evidence deferred
The recording of evidence was deferred on a request of adjournment by former additional advocate general of Haryana Sanjiv Bansal, an accused in the case. All six witnesses summoned by the court were present on Saturday and were directed to appear on March 15, when the case would come up for hearing.
Those who have been summoned are: constable Gurvinder Singh, who was the guard on duty outside the house of justice Nirmaljit Kaur where the money was delivered wrongly, and complainant Amrik Singh, the peon in the camp office of justice Nirmaljit Kaur, who lodged the complaint at the Sector 11 police station.
Sub-inspector Joginder Singh, who was posted outside the house of justice Nirmaljit Kaur; station house officer (SHO) Ramesh Chander of Sector 11 police station; head constables Bahadur Singh and Satyabir Singh, posted at Sector 11, who wrote the daily diary report (DDR), have also been summoned in the case.